Thesis (Open Access)
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Tianbao Xie (Thesis Advisor) Joelle Murray & Bill Mackie (Committee Members)
Engineering Physics | Materials Science and Engineering | Structural Materials
Strain is an important quantity in engineering design and materials science that relates the deformation of a material to its original length, through a percentage. Different materials exhibit particular qualities under loading, for example the amount of strain due to a certain magnitude of force, or the amount of strain that can be borne before failure. This experiment aims to compare the relative strengths of three common truss configurations by measuring the strain in their members under loading. The Queen’s post truss was found to be the best at minimizing strain under similar loading conditions.
Metzsch, Spencer, "Measuring Strain in Trusses" (2015). Senior Theses. 12.