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[mass noun] A sudden temperature fluctuation causing stress in an object or substance.
- ‘The whole thing should have shattered from the thermal shock, or at least the ice should have exploded from its surface.’
- ‘Thermal conductivity, resistance to thermal shock and attack by molten metal is high and no heat treatment is required.’
- ‘It offers superior durability and resistance to vibration, impact, thermal shock, and exposure to water, oils, and many organic solvents.’
- ‘Preheating is used to minimize distortion, to avoid thermal shock, and to prevent surfacing cracking.’
- ‘So if, for example, coolant was being used, and, for whatever reason (Murphy's Law) the coolant flow came to an end, there would be thermal shock.’
- ‘When fully cured, the polymer offers resistance to vibration, impact, thermal shock, and chemicals.’
- ‘Recently developed water-soluble polymer quenches can provide the convenience of water quenching, along with lower cooling rates, which can minimize thermal shock.’
- ‘Glassware is fragile, no matter how well made; glassmaking techniques such as tempering make glassware more durable, but glass can still break from mechanical or thermal shock.’
- ‘Cracks resulting from thermal shock generally form around abrasions caused by mechanical impact.’
- ‘The lasers are tested by thermal shock before shipment.’
- ‘Our samples did not display attributes associated with thermal shock, supporting the conclusion that their exterior and interior temperatures did not differ significantly.’
- ‘While additional insulation may decrease the rate of heat transfer into or out of the building through the roof, it can also stress the roof membrane by increasing thermal shock.’
- ‘Glasses made with sodium borate have a high resistance to thermal shock and are used in kitchenware (such as Pyrex dishes) and laboratory equipment.’
- ‘Reflective roofs maintain a more constant temperature, so thermal shock and associated problems are significantly reduced.’
- ‘When temperatures in the U.S. Corn Belt are 100 degrees or higher, corn plants suffer from thermal shock and dehydration, and each such day shrinks the harvest.’
- ‘In the heat treatment of any white cast iron, care must be taken to avoid cracking by thermal shock; never place the castings in a hot furnace or otherwise subject them to rapid heating or cooling.’
- ‘Cold items or liquids should not be put on it when it is hot, though newer coatings are thinner and less likely to crack from thermal shock.’
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