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Embrittlement is a loss of elasticity of a material, making it brittle. Various materials have different mechanisms of embrittlement.

  • Metal-induced embrittlement (MIE) is the embrittlement caused by diffusion of atoms of metal, either solid or liquid, into the material.
  • The primary embrittlement mechanism of plastics is gradual loss of plasticizers, usually by overheating or aging.

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