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View Resource Properties of Fibers and Fabrics

This learning activity tests the strength of fibers and fabrics: specifically, threads, string and yarn made from a variety of materials. The experiment will demonstrate the particular properties of different fibers and fabrics and the differences between natural and synthetic fibers. This activity would be suitable for high school and introductory college undergraduate students. The lesson...

View Resource Composite Materials: Sticks and Glue

This learning activity will provide a good example of "the effect on strength and stiffness of a material when it is manufactured as a composite." Popsicle sticks will be used to demonstrate the difference between singular materials and composite materials. Students will be able to see the added benefits of using composite materials. This activity would be suitable for elementary school...

View Resource Introduction to Composite Materials for Engineers and Technicians

This learning module will help instructors explain composite materials specifically for engineers and technicians. Students will learn the structure and advantages of composite materials as well as the basic processing procedures involved in their creation. It will serve as a one-lecture introduction and would be appropriate for students at the high school or college level. This document will...

View Resource Fundamentals of Composite Sandwich Panels

This laboratory exercise will help instructors explain the particulars of designing composite sandwich panels, which are used in a variety of applications like surfboards, wake boards and corrugated cardboard. The experiment is explained step by step; this document will serve as a framework for instructors and may be downloaded in PDF format. The exercise would be appropriate for grades 4 through...

View Resource Implementing ISO 14001- Sustainable Design: Exploring Existing Products for Reuse

This learning module will introduce students to ISO 14001, which is a standard which serves as a framework assisting organizations in creating their own environmental management system. Students will learn how easily existing products can be reused with minor modifications, redesigned or reused. This activity would be suitable for technical high school seniors and college freshman. The...

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