Today, some of us headed to the "Properties and Failure of Materials" lab to find the mass of the aluminum samples that we'll be melting in our foundry. The samples are used in a Mode 1 fracture test. The goal is to reuse those samples instead of scrapping them. That's one of the selling points of our project.
Three different widths are available: 1in, 1.5in and 2in. (See picture)
Now that we know the size and the mass of the samples, we'll be able to make heat transfer/thermodynamic calculations to find the required specifications of our foundry.