IT resources - simulation of curvature generation
This simulation gives a visual representation of how curvature arises on changing the temperature for a given bi-material strip (with both constituents having the same thickness). It is based on the equation presented in the previous page. There are two modes of operation - one reflecting the cases of the three strips used in the demonstration and the other "customised" - ie allowing any material properties to be selected and the thickness to be chosen as one of three available values. In both modes, the temperature is changed via the slider bar.