Magazine article ASEE Prism

Conducting Experiments Online

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Conducting Experiments Online

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EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENS TO A BEVERAGE CAN when it's subjected to 200 pounds of pneumatic pressure? Probably not, since the outcome is fairly predictable. But if your interest is now whetted, you can visit a Web lab designed by engineers at the Illinois Institute of Technology (weblab.iit.edu) to find out. With one click, you can send an empty can rolling down a chute to be crushed by two ramrods, all in just under six seconds. You then get to view six photos of the action.

The can crusher may not qualify as scintillating entertainment, but as a mechanical-engineering experiment, it gets two thumbs up. IT students using the crusher are also given data along with the photos. The crusher is one of three Web-based, demonstration experiments designed by UT to show that some lab work can be done in cyberspace. Michael Rites, interim director of the school's Computing and Network Services department, says that the department has earned a three-year, $230,000 grant from the U. …

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