Hasted, Professor John – 15 Spoon bending - Structural examination of an abnormal plane bend produced by Willie G indicates a different crystal structure was formed
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THE METAL-BENDERS” by JOHN B. HASTED
More recently, structural examination of an abnormal plane bend produced by Willie G. has been made by student metallurgist Paul Mycock.
Straight strips of alpha-brass (70% Cu. 30% Zn) were annealed in a furnace and offered to Willie, who succeeded in producing sufficient action to form an abnormal plane bend of some 30°.
When the surface of the brass was microscopically examined, small regions of beta-brass structure (60% Cu. 40% Zn) were noticed. The brass specimens were polished, etched and then photographed at one hundred times magnification. The regions are easy to recognize as dark areas against the light of the alpha regions.
Of course this observation does not imply that the overall stoichometric composition of the alloy had changed; rather, a ‘displacive’ transformation occurred, in which a different crystal structure was formed. This experiment is as yet unconfirmed, but represents an example of continuing work.