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2: Introduction to Anisotropy

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    Skills to Develop

    On completion of this TLP you should:

    • Understand the concept of anisotropy, and appreciate that the response (e.g. displacement) need not be parallel to the stimulus (e.g. force)
    • Understand the nature of anisotropic behaviour in a range of properties, including electrical and thermal conductivity, diffusion, dielectric permittivity and refractive index, and be aware of a range of everyday examples
    • Be familiar with the use of representation surfaces

    Before you start

    There are no specific prerequisites for this TLP, but you will find it useful to have a basic knowledge of crystal structures, as this will enable a better understanding of the structural origins of anisotropy. Take a look at the Crystallography TLP and the Atomic Scale Structure of Materials TLP.