ERIC Number: EJ1083711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Mechanical Testing of Common-Use Polymeric Materials with an In-House-Built Apparatus
Pedrosa, Cristiana; Mendes, Joaquim; Magalhaes, Fernao D.
Chemical Engineering Education, v40 n1 Win 2006
A low-cost tensile testing machine was built for testing polymeric films. This apparatus also allows for tear-strength and flexural tests. The experimental results, obtained from common-use materials, selected by the students, such as plastic bags, illustrate important aspects of the mechanical behavior of polymeric materials. Some of the tests performed in class are illustrated in the paper, involving tensile and tear-strength testing of HDPE films and flexural testing of polystyrene bars.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plastics, Chemical Engineering, Laboratory Equipment, Science Laboratories, Science Experiments, Laboratory Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville, FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.che.ufl.edu/cee
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A