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Styrofoam, Deflection, and Treatment

  1. Feb 3, 2006 #1
    Hi I am in a competition where I have to use the deflection of a polystyrene beam to launch a projectile. Styrofoam is rather brittle but it is the only material we are allowed to use (it's cheap). I have a geometry all set but I was wondering if there is any possible way to treat the styrofoam so that I can make it less brittle and get much greater deflection?
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  3. Feb 4, 2006 #2


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    Doubtful. If you're only allowed to use styrofoam, then you're only allowed to use styrofoam. Laminating it might be an option if you are allowed an adhesive?
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