Logger Pro software contains experiment files that facilitate experiments and investigations for most of our sensors and probes. Here is a brief summary of the files created for the VSMT. You can find these files by clicking on File > Open > Probes & Sensors > Structures & Materials Tester in Logger Pro.
The VSMT is an ideal tool to use for class bridge and structure engineering and design competitions. Students can test their bridges or other structures to determine the maximum force or efficiency (force/weight of bridge).
This activity is designed to allow the student to test a single unit and evaluate its performance and failure mechanism. Combine this activity with Logger Pro‘s Video Capture to analyze the point of failure, develop explanations, and re-design the structure to improve performance. This activity is at the heart of the engineering design process.
We have developed 3 experiment files for the evaluation and study of beams:
- Rectangular Beam Inquiry
- Moment of Inertia Inquiry
- Elastic Modulus Rectangular Beam
Students can explore properties of materials and beam construction. These experiment files are designed around the deflection of a beam supported on both ends and loaded by a downward force at its center.