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Easy Pressure Test

Intermediate
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Resource Type
Experiment
Subjects
Chemistry Engineering Physics
Topics
Energy Engineering Process Scientific Inquiry
Time for activity
60–90 minutes

This project allows to explore some interesting topics in physics and engineering.
It’s a great opportunity to learn which shape is the most pressure-resistant.

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Technology T
Engineering E
Mathematics M

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Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction

Different shapes of containers resist air or water pressure at different levels. This activity will explain why water bottles, gas or water tanks are usually in a cylindric shape. This activity will let the students build the prototype of containers. They will also test them with pressure to see the pressure resistance in a real setting.

This project allows to explore some interesting topics in physics and engineering. It’s a great opportunity to learn which shape is the most pressure-resistant.

Key Objectives
  1. Designing and conducting the experiment for a pressure test of containers in different shapes.
  2. Explaining the shape characteristics of containers that can resist the highest pressure and of those that cannot resist the highest pressure.
Guiding Questions
  1. Why do gas or water containers mostly come in cylindric shapes?
  2. Which type of container shape can resist the highest pressure?
  3. Which are the shape characteristics of containers that can resist the highest pressure?
  4. Which are the shape characteristics of containers that don’t resist high pressure?