• Question: what will the vibrating table do and will it help people ?

    Asked by k.salvona to Will on 8 Nov 2019. This question was also asked by k.dundas, Layton, Arran, Patrick, Evan Watson.
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      Will Smith answered on 8 Nov 2019:

      Part of my role is to provide experiences and demonstrations to the public, particuarly young people, that help them understand more about science and engineering.

      A colleague of mine who is a mechinical engineer asked for my help to design and build a shaker table that could be used for demonstrations.

      The demonstration will involve teaching pupils about resonance, an important principle in engineering. (Watch it destroy a bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-zczJXSxnw) We’ll get pupils to design structures and see if they can withstand different vibrations and learn about why they fail.