Composites in Sports
Read this information carefully as there are some important rules to be aware of.
Composite materials are now being used extensively in sporting equipment. In this assignment, you will choose ONE particular piece of sporting equipment made from composites and write a short essay about it.
Make sure you include:
A description of each component phase in the composite material used in your chosen piece of sporting equipment. (10 Marks)
Describe, in terms of the chemical and physical structure of each phase, why these materials are appropriate for this particular application.
Describe any major advantages and disadvantages of each component phase.
A description of how your chosen piece of sporting equipment is manufactured. (10 marks)
Start from reinforcement and matrix phases as manufactured and describe how they are combined into a composite material and how this is shaped into the sporting equipment. (It is not necessary to describe how each individual phase is manufactured.)
Describe how the manufacturing technique used provides the properties required for this particular application.
Describe any major advantages and disadvantages for the manufacturing technique used.
Something interesting to set your essay apart from the others! (5 marks)
Example #1: A description of the history of development of composites in your chosen sport.
Example #2: A description of how a particular sports-person or team uses composite materials in an innovative way in your chosen sport.
You will need to make use of the library (or the internet) to find out some of the information you need. Remember to reference your sources properly.
You have a word limit of 1500. This will make it challenging to fit everything inside the word limit so choose what you write about carefully.
Make sure you use an appropriate title for the essay.
You can use properly labelled figures, pictures and tables. Neither will not count towards the word limit.
Make sure you include any references you use. They will not count towards the word limit.
Finally, don’t choose any sporting equipment which makes use of an engine or battery to provide motion. This rules out motor-sports of all kinds and powered flight. Some examples of the kinds of sports equipment you might choose are given below:
Examples: (in no particular order)
skis and ski poles, ski helmets
hockey sticks, hockey face masks
baseball and softball bats, baseball helmets
boats of all kinds, oars
bicycle components (frames, wheels, handlebars), bicycle helmets
canoes and paddles
tennis, squash, badminton etc. rackets
snow boards, skate boards, roller blades, helmets and other protection
hang gliders and helmets
windsurfing boards and masts
American football helmets and protection
cricket helmets and other protection (!!)
anything else you can think of which obeys Rule #5!