This Lab is in the Business of Breaking Things

Have you ever wondered how strong those straps are that hold down loads on tractor-trailers?

The researchers at Gateway Materials Test Center can tell you. They break things in their Fail Lab using Instron® materials testing systems to make sure they work – and we’re all safer for it. What makes this lab unique isn’t so much that they break and tear products apart, it’s that they’re able to provide their customers with feedback about why a product failed, as well as what can be done to prevent the failure, which is information engineers use to design products.

Source: UNC-TV | Science

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Originally posted on March 29, 2018 , Updated On August 28, 2023