Science-U Crash Test 1

Science-U Crash Test 1

Sean Brennan, associate professor of mechanical engineering and adviser to the Science U camp on Robots, Rockets and Racecars, talks with campers about the mechanics of the operation that will crash a car at Penn State Larson Institute’s Crash Test Research Facility. He explained that a pulley system pulls the car down the track until it reaches the yellow box in front of him, at which point the box shears off the connection between the car and the pulley, allowing it to go up the ramp and become airborne.

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