Aircraft Structures

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Produced by Innovate Educate and Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, these materials allow students to investigate forces, motion and the use of resistant materials to make structures.

There are four activities which can be used in sequence or individually.

Helium balloons and lift

Students look at the development of flying machines and investigate the lifting force generated by a helium balloon.

Airframes Students look at the development of aircraft design and investigate how materials can be assembled to produce the strong structures required in an aircraft's wings.

Propeller design Students investigate different designs of propellers, using propeller blades made from cardboard or other resistant materials.

Parachute design Students look at how parachute designs have developed before investigating and testing different designs of parachutes.

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