In this activity, students learn what composite materials are and why they are used in many industries. Students put these ideas to work as they design and create their own bricks. After the bricks are made, students employ a variety of mechanical tests to evaluate their bricks.
Many natural and engineered (synthetic) objects are made of composite materials. Composite materials combine the advantages of their individual components.
Learn what composite materials are
Learn why scientists and engineers use composite materials
Learn about the mechanical properties of a variety of simple materials
Learn how to conduct simple mechanical tests
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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