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Why Did the Rope Break?

This Problem Solving with Industry module was devised by the Centre for Science Education in collaboration with Bridon Ropes Ltd of Doncaster. In this module students study the structure of rope and by carrying out some investigations, look at some properties of ropes and the materials used to make them.

* Task 1 - reading about an incident in which a crane rope has broken.
* Task 2 – finding out about the properties of materials needed to make crane rope safe, then carrying out a series of practical investigations to put these properties to the test.
* Task 3 – compiling a report explaining why the accident happened and how such accidents could be prevented in the future.

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