Body centered cubic structure

Body centered cubic structure

Body centered cubic structure

02/15/17

“How are materials such as Tungsten arranged on the molecular level?”
There are countless forms of materials that can be found in the universe. And the reason why these materials are different rests on the geometry of their subatomic arrangement. So let’s take a look at an arrangement called the body centered cubic structure. The atomic arrangement of the body centered cubic structure (commonly referred to as the BCC structure) can be discretized into a chain of cubic divisions. Each cube will contain two atoms, one in the center and ⅛ of another at each corner, giving this a packaging factor of 0.68. Because of this arrangement, materials that use a BCC structure such as tungsten and chromium are typically harder and less malleable than the average atomic arrangement.

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