Year 12 Visit Queen Mary University

How dense is bone and could we make an artificial replacement? How do different materials behave when exposed to different forces and how does this affect their uses? How can materials be made lighter, stronger and more durable?

Year 12 physicists are currently studying the materials section of their AS course and were invited to visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University for a morning of materials testing.

They measured the stiffness of various materials using the automatic tensile testing machines and then compared their results by using a manual method, plotting their own graphs and carrying out the calculations themselves.

It was interesting for students to carry out work in a university lab and to meet Engineering undergraduates and find out more about potential engineering careers.

Queen Mary University of London is a Russell Group university. It's ranked 11th in the UK for research.