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Title: Determination of the ultimate tensile strength of common household materials by a loading method
Author: Carter, Ian; Moffatt, Andrew
Issue Date: 2012
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2012-06-07
Series/Report no. University of British Columbia. Science One Program. Research Projects 2011-2012
Abstract: An experiment was carried out to determine the ultimate tensile strength of four different household materials: extruded polystyrene, porcelain tiles, printer paper, and wood. Tensile strength was evaluated using the method of loading the materials until they catastrophically failed, and then calculating the force applied when the failure occurred and measuring the cross-sectional area of the failure zone. Paper was determined to have the highest ultimate tensile strength, followed in decreasing order by wood, porcelain tiles, and extruded polystyrene.
Affiliation: Science, Faculty of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/42459
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Undergraduate

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