05-21-12, 09:10 PM #1
Crystal Systems vs. Symmetry in Elasticity
Here I go with another question:
Does a monoclinic (Bravais) crystal system necessarily reflect a monoclinic elastic symmetry in elasticity?
I was skimming over a few paragraphs from my old composites book in college, and the author gives feldspar (no specific mineral, just the mineral family here) as an example of a 'monoclinic' material in the context of elasticity. I am a bit skeptical whether the crystal system actually corresponds one-on-one with mechanical behavior. Can anyone clarify this?
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