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IT resources - simulation of curvature generation

This simulation gives a visual representation of how curvature arises on changing the temperature for a given bi-material strip (with both constituents having the same thickness). It is based on the equation presented in the previous page. There are two modes of operation - one reflecting the cases of the three strips used in the demonstration and the other "customised" - ie allowing any material properties to be selected and the thickness to be chosen as one of three available values. In both modes, the temperature is changed via the slider bar.

Note: This animation requires Adobe Flash Player 8 and later, which can be downloaded here.

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