2.16.2009 (Monday) – Day 26 –
It is amazing how much information I can find by searching the Internet. As I mentioned yesterday some topics are harder to find. When I need to find some kind of scientific or engineering related technical information, I turn to the Linda Hall Library’s LEONARDO Catalog. My Internet research provided me with a couple of titles to interesting books, “Mechanics of Composite Materials” and “Composites Engineering Handbook”.
The Linda Hall Library is the top library in the country if not the world for Science, Engineering and Technology Information. My search with LEONARDO paid off and both books were checked in and on the shelf. Luckily, the library is only a few miles away surrounded by the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) campus. The Linda Hall Library is not part of UMKC but has a special relationship there.
I didn’t have very much time today to look throught the books. The titles I searched for had some interesting information but still wasn’t quite what I wanted. The “Composites Engineering Handbook” did provide some helpful information, a new search term, “Sandwich Laminates”.
I did end up checking out a book titled “Plastics And Resin Compositions”. There is information in this book about paper impregnated with phenolic resin. Our labyrinth platform needs holes for the soccer ball to fall through and our original intent is to use concrete column forms to close out these holes. The forms are made of approximately 1/8″ cardboard. Bob has been talking about soaking the cardboard in a phenolic resin or other similar mixtures. I think we still need some way of fabricating a collar around both ends of the concrete form.
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