Experiment A2: Model Structures
In Part 1A, a number of simplified models of structures are introduced. These models are very powerful, but a vital skill for an engineer is to learn which models apply in a particular situation, and when the assumptions made break down. The lab experiment is designed to test the assumptions presented in Part 1 and to discuss the results.
This experiment involves 6 different experiments (one to be carried out by each pair) designed to test the limits of certain assumptions. A number of assumptions are made when analysing the model structure used in the other integrated experiments too, and students are encouraged to think about these (often implicit) criteria.
The six experiments are:
- Tubular beam
- Sandwich beam
- Square tube with mitre bend
- Slim I beam
- Curved cantilever
- Right-angle cantilever
Each of these tests a particular set of assumptions made in 1A.
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