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Title Adhesion, plasticity and other peculiar properties of solid methane
Abstract Adhesion and plasticity of polycrystalline solid methane have been studied in the temperature range 10–90 K. It was shown that adhesion is very strong in the 50–90 K temperature range where the solid methane is soft and sticky. Closer to the melting point (at 90.6 K) the solid methane behaves as extremely viscous non-Newtonian liquid. Below 30 K solid methane loses its stickiness and ductility and acts like ordinary glass. Methane adhesion remains similar for very different materials. We have also made some video observations which reveal unexpected and mostly inexplicable properties of solid methane which could be of some interest for designing new methane moderators for neutron sources and planetary physics particularly the study of the environment of Titan.
Organisation ISIS , STFC
Keywords ISIS 2012 , Solid methane , Materials , Moderator , Adhesion
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Journal Article Cryogenics 52 (2012): 325-330. doi:10.1016/j.cryogenics.2012.02.001 CRYOGENICS paper 2012.pdf 2012