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Property Data Summaries are collections of property values derived from surveys of published data. These collections typically focus on either one material or one particular property. Studies of specific materials typically include thermal, mechanical, structural, and chemical properties, while studies of particular properties survey one property across many materials. The property values may be typical, evaluated, or validated. Values described as typical are derived from values for nominally similar materials.
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A Computerized Fracture Mechanics Database for Oxide Glasses S.W.Freiman, T.L.Baker, and J.B.Wachtman, Jr. NBS Technical Note 1212 (National Bureau of Standards, 1985)
Availability: Superintendent of Documents U.S.Government Printing Office Washington, D.C. 20402
Other material collections: Property Data Summaries
Note: Updates and extensions of this collection are anticipated.