In this practical activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology, students investigate the properties of smart springs and see how they might be used as muscles in a robotic arm. This activity can be used as an extension to the related activity ‘Which Material? ’, in which students carry out some data manipulation to find the best material from which to make a prosthetic foot.
Curriculum links include prosthetics, smart materials, stress, strain, elasticity, standard form, dimensions, gradient, measurements.
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|Subject(s)||Science, Design and technology, Engineering, Practical work|
|Published||2010 to date|