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Shape memory alloys (SMA) and shape memory polymers (SMP) remember their original shape, even after being significantly deformed, returning to their original shape in response to a stimulus. This resource explores the technology behind SMA's and SMP's, the properties that they bring to engineered products and...
This teaching resource is presented in four stages:
Stage One - Finding out about the problem. In stage one pupils find out more about spacesuits, how they work and why people need them to survive. They also find out more about the challenge to test a series of materials to...
This resource provides slides, discussion activities and experiments to help increase student understanding of composites. The composites it focuses on are glass reinforced plastic, carbon fibre, concrete, wood and textile laminates.
This resources explores how moisture management technology is used to develop engineered products . It introduces key words such as breathability, wicking, microfibres and provides examples of products and tradenames that make use of this technical textile technology.
Nomex is a high performance fibre engineered to be able to perform in extreme conditions. This resource explores why designers might choose to use it, some examples of products that are made from Nomex, and suggests ways of using Nomex in the classroom.
This resource supports student understanding of the properties and uses of Kevlar. It explores why designers might choose to use it, some examples of products that are made from Kevlar, and suggests ways of using Kevlar in the classroom.
This resources provides students with an introduction to the topic of technical textiles. It provides an overview of what technical textiles are and why we might use them for different products. The specific classifcations of technical textiles that it looks at are:
This resource explores the topic of thermochromic materials. It provides content to explain what they are, how they are used and suggests practical experiments that will allow students to get hands-on with the material.
This resource explores the properties and uses of piezoelectric materials and quantum tunnelling composites. Taking examples from space technology, it provides a number of examples to discuss in the classroom and suggests practical experiments to give your students a hands-on examples of the technology.