Radar Plot Shows the Material's Changing Properties (image) Rice University Share Print E-Mail Caption A radar plot of a hard platelet-soft matrix composite like the one at top shows how changing the values of each input changes the material's strength, strain, toughness and stiffness. In this plot, vertical numbers represent values along the strength axis. The plot is the product of a model by Rice University materials scientists who said it will help in the creation of new synthetic materials that will mimic the toughest composites found in nature. The researchers determined the length of the platelet is the most critical factor in the composite's ability to resist catastrophic fractures. Credit Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University Usage Restrictions For news reporting purposes only. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.