In this course, there are six labs plus the strength contest. The links on the lab descriptions will take you to photos and videos from the labs

Lab Sequence

Plastic yield of steel

Hardness of steel before and after deformation

Effect of thermal quench on hardness

  • Brittle fracture      Photos of Flaws

Introduce controlled flaws

Measure strength vs flaw size

Prepare various water / cement ratios

Measure heat of hydration

Dynamic modulus

Compressive & tensile strength

  • Concrete with silica fume

Prepare concrete with silica fume

Dynamic modulus & strength

Prepare concrete with plastic fibers

Dynamic modulus & strength

  • Wood      Video of Bending Test

Anisotropy of mechanical properties

Effect of moisture

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