Engineering students at Bath College have designed and created an impact testing machine to measure the shock loading resistance of materials used in manufacturing.
The students, who are apprentices studying for a Level 3 diploma in engineering, were asked to make the machine as part of their final year project and engineering design modules.
Shock loading resistance is an important consideration for engineers and comparing material properties allows them to choose the right material for the right working environment.
The machine includes a hammer which swings downwards to hit the test material.
After the impact, the shock loading or force is recorded by a pointer on an energy scale. The amount of energy absorbed in fracturing the material specimen is a measure of the material’s shock loading resistance properties.
Engineering lecturer Fred Bumford said: “This project has tested students’ team working, design, project management and their manufacturing skills.
“It’s always interesting to set students a project and see what they come up with. They have learned a lot about each other by allocating jobs and dividing up the labour.
“They had to choose the right kind of materials and used some interesting techniques to create the finished product. We asked them for a professional standard report at the end of it and a presentation in front of an audience.
“These are all good marketable skills required by industry. They have done really well.”
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