Materials Engineering: Using Nanotechnology to Design a Space Elevator
Nanotechnology is one of the most cutting-edge fields of science and engineering. It allows scientists to observe, touch, design, and fabricate matter as small as atoms and molecules. Can you imagine working with material that is only 1/100,000 the width of a human hair? Nanotechnology creates new materials and devices for use in a variety of applications, including physical science, medicine, electronics, and more.
This course will explore nanotechnology by looking at a specific challenge: how to get objects into space efficiently. You will:
* Consider the challenges to putting objects into space
* Investigate how atoms are assembled into materials and how that atomic assembly changes for metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites
* Learn how to control material properties (such as strength) by creating imperfections in atomic bonding
* Identify when you would use metals, ceramics, polymers, or composites for specific applications
* Apply your understanding of nanotechnology to choosing the best materials to build an elevator from the earth to space.
Recommended prerequisite: Exploring Engineering
Please note: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course.
You will need the following to participate in this online course:
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
Related courses: Biomedical Engineering: Design of Tissue-Engineered Materials; Renewable Energy: Wind Turbine Design.
You might also be interested in: Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making (on campus course)