This is a resource from the Girls Learning About Materials (GLAM) outreach camp run at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The learning objectives for this activity are:
- Students will compare and contrast different types of fracture behavior (ductile/brittle).
- Students will understand how to characterize fracture properties.
- Students will apply their knowledge of fracture to predict how different cheeses will fail.
- Students will discuss how geometry plays a role in fracture behavior.
Note: The download bundle contains python scripts that simulate the fracture. A companion lecture is available for this lab exercise.
Jessica Krogstad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on structural materials in extreme environments. She has also been the faculty coordinator for GLAM (Girls Learning About Materials) since 2015.
Support for this activity is provided in part by NSF CAREER Award No. 1654182.
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