The word isotropic is derived from Greek words isos means equal and tropos means way. So, Isotropic meaning has the same properties in all directions. Some materials such as metals, diamonds, glasses etc. exhibit the same material properties (such as strength, stiffness) in all directions, these materials are known as isotropic materials and this type of behavior of these materials is known as isotropy.
The word anisotropic is also derived from the Greek words an means without, isos means equal and tropos means way. Thus, anisotropic meaning has different properties in different directions. It is the opposite of isotropic. Wood and composite materials are good examples of anisotropic materials. Properties of these materials are dependent on directions; it means they show different properties in different directions. This type of behavior of these materials is called anisotropy.
Isotropic vs Anisotropic -
Difference Between Isotropic and Anisotropic Materials is as Follows –
It is possible that an isotropic material may show anisotropy at many parts. Although as a whole it remains isotropic as isotropic parts and anisotropic parts cancel out each other.
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