Composite Beam Competition

Composite Beam Competition / Materials Science & Physics / Junior & Senior Grades 11 & 12 / Improving Urban Infrastructure & Securing Cyberspace

In this module, students will work with composite materials in an effort to understand the roles of singular elements in a multifaceted composite device.  They will use their wits to determine the best physical and geometrical arrangements to develop the strongest and most light weight composite beam that they can. For mechanical testing of the constructed composite beams, we used an in-class Instron mechanical tester, but manual weights on a rope can also be substituted for three point bending tests.

Below are the materials for this module.
Module Write-Up
Module Presentation
Module Worksheet
Module Materials List and Quotes
Activity Overview