Thursday, 26 May 2016

Third Day Reflection

  • Project Sharing Sessions
    • Note down at least three key learning points
      • I learnt how a DC electric motor is created
      • I learnt that caffeine can be harmful and how they are extracted.
      • I also learnt how different liquids can be separated through a fractional distillation.
  • How do you feel about the NTU-SST Flagship programme?
    • Describe how the programme has affected your understanding of the discipline on a larger scale
      • I feel that it has thaught me that patience is very important in any research as a lot of time is needed to research in a project and a lot of time is needed for experimentation.
    • Share your insights for the programme in general
      • I feel that the programme has taught me a lot of things and made me have a slight idea about what it is like in a university.

Second Day Reflection

  • What did you do today?
    • Briefly describe your day’s activities
      • Today my group and I participated in processing composite materials and also we presented what we have learnt and found out to the students and mentors of our project.
  • What did you learn today?
    • I learnt that composites have better properties than its constituents materials. I also learnt that a matrix and fibre is used to make a fibre-reinforced composite and the matrix holds the whole composite together.
  • How do you feel about today’s activities?
    • I feel that if I were to create a material, I will know that I can use 2 or more different materials to create a even better one. I also feel that this has taught me that it takes a lot of time to create a new composite as it requires scientists and engineers will need to find different combinations and test if it is the composite is beneficial.
  • What new questions do you have regarding the discipline?
    • I feel that I have no new questions regarding the discipline.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

First Day Reflection

  • What did you do today?
    • Briefly describe your day’s activities
      • Today, my team participated in the scanning electron microscope and tensile testing of materials. Scanning electron microscope is using the SEM to see objects in a higher magnification level while being clear. Tensile testing of materials is pulling the material to test how much strength and ductility it has.

  • What did you learn today?
    • Discuss any learning points from today’s activities
      • I learnt that different materials have different properties based on their strength and ductility. I also learn how to calculate the stress and strain of the material under the test. I also learnt that SEM is a way more clearer and magnified compared to a light microscope.
  • How do you feel about today’s activities?
    • Describe how the project has affected your understanding of the discipline and how it may be applied elsewhere
      • I feel that this project has broaden my idea of materials and when I am developing a product in the future, I will know which product to use and how to test them.
    • Share your insights for the day
      • I feel that the day has been very informative and it has help me expand my knowledge about materials and how they are used.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Pre camp reflection

  • What sounds interesting about this project?
What I found interesting was learning about the materials around us and testing them. I wanted to find out how materials are tested to find the best materials for different situations. For example, Tensile testing is to find the strength and ductility of materials, some companies use this to find right materials to build the planes that are an important part of how we travel.
  • What do you think you can learn from this project?
I think I can learn more about the different materials, how it is made and how it is tested. I think I can also learn about why different materials are chosen to use in different situations. Another thing I think I can learn about is how they create different materials to better fit the situation instead of the normal metals.
  • Any immediate questions regarding the project?
One question I have is how different materials are chosen to make an composite material which is maybe more stronger or more flexible. Another question is how does the electron microscope work and how it creates a picture so clearly and focused.