The Holographic Analysis of Mass and Height Factors on Material Compression

Why does concrete break under immense stress? Why do Monster Trucks cause so much damage to the cars they run over? Why do trucks come away from car wrecks with less mutilation than cars? Do mass and height have any correlation to the amount of material compression? In the following paper, a detailed description of experimentation to determine what specifications of mass and height of an object yield the highest material compression factor of that object. 20, 40, and 60 millimeter pieces of insulation tubing and 500, 750, and 1000 gram masses were tested to determine the material compression measurement of each trial. The optimal material for real life application was determined by analyzing which material yielded the lowest compression factor. The compression factor, which is measured in millimeters, is the amount that an object compresses when influenced by an outside force. For an exact measurement, a hologram was taken of each of the insulation tubes with the outside force, a mass, added to every one. The change in the height of the insulation tubes was measured to find the amount of compression in this experiment. A holography kit gave a more accurate picture than could be taken by a camera and this was used to measure the compression reading. After testing, it was determined that the largest height would be the best material for a real life application because it yielded the smallest material compression factor.

Research Done By:

Courtney Penn
Center Line High School

Rose Halle
Cousino High School