'Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.'

Charles Eames

'To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.'
Milton Glaser

Welcome to the Materials Zone. Use the links on the left to find out more about complient, reistant and smart / modern materials.

Simple Materials Test Grid for Schools
A grid for testing differing metals
Materials Testing Grid.docx
Microsoft Word document [12.2 KB]

Please review the materials testing videos below to find out more about the different kinds of tests commonly conducted on materials.

Task 1: Copy out the diagram that occurs at 4:55 in the above video. 

Task 2: Explain in your own words how a hardness testing machine measures the hardness of a substance.

Task 3: Copy out the diagram at 2:41 on the video above and then explain in your own words how the impact resistance of an object is measured.

Task 4: Explain the force of torsion

Task 5: Explain the force of compression giving one example of why compression testing is useful in engineering. 

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