What makes metals "harder" than others on an atomic level?

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What makes metals "harder" than others on an atomic level?

Post by holymoly on Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:04 am

Hi everyone, I was wondering if any of you knew what makes hard metals hard? Steel for example, is apparently very hard, and can even be hardened when you add a surface layer on top of it, for example borinox.

On an atomic, or physical level, how can you explain hard materials? How does steel differ from, say, wood on a structural level?

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