Tiron Yang 8A
Egg Drop Experiment
May 26, 2015
The objective of this assignment was to construct a structure out of straws and masking tape to withstand the pressure of a drop at 2 meters above ground while sheltering a raw egg inside it.
When we were planning out our design, we thought about the pressure the structure will receive. That was the most important factor because we were assigned a flimsy material (plastic straws) for the project , so that makes our main goal on reducing the pressure applied on the egg and each straw after the drop. We believed that if we added legs underneath the platform that holds the egg (suspension), as if a table, the pressure of the drop would spread and even out evenly on all four legs, absorbing the impact instead of directing it into the egg. The way we designed this model at the end was to build a suspension base that holds the egg in a protective container on top.
We did not base this design off of the internet because we did not want to plagiarise and recreate something that other people made with their own knowledge, because that way we would not be able to use our own. We thought that by inventing an original structure would also help us to learn by adding our own factors of safety for the structure, and most of all learning from our mistakes.
Many designs displayed on the internet have the egg secured inside a weblike straw exterior. The reason for this design was to evenly distribute the pressure throughout the whole weblike exterior. The main advantage of this design is that no matter which rotation the structure is dropped, the egg is still safe because the pattern of the exterior straw skeleton is consecutive. The disadvantage about this design is that it ...
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