Lab: Structural Integrity
Goal: To determine maximum support possible with limited materials.
- Plastic or paper bowl or cup
- Supply of sheets of notebook or printer paper. (Note the bond weight)
- 1 role of masking tape (do not use duct tape or clear plastic tape)
- Supply of weights (nickels, quarters will do well)
- Build any structure you wish using up to 30 of your sheets at one time.
- The structure must support a flat surface for your container. Add units of mass until the structure collapses.
- You may redesign your structure several times, attempting each time to increase the weight-bearing capacity.
- Identify each trial. Describe the structure architecture and method of construction. (For your own records, take pictures!)
- Note maximum weight added just prior to collapse.
- Besides the normal descriptions of your materials, procedures, and data, identify two principles of construction that allowed you to increase your structure's weight-bearing capacity.
Post your report to the Lab assignment link at the Moodle.
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