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Mark Seniw has watched students bend, stretch and break a number of materials since he began overseeing Northwestern University’s Central Laboratory for Materials Mechanical Properties (CLaMMP) in 1984.

The materials fatigue they study involves the kind of properties linked to the five-foot rip in the fuselage of the Southwest Airline flight out of Phoenix a few weeks ago. The pilot made a successful emergency landing. But Seniw's lab is developing and testing materials that can withstand more fatigue.