Completed MS Engineering Competition- Tribology
Completed MS Engineering Competition- Tribology

4 learners earned this badge

A participant who completes this badge will develop a comprehension of the principles associated with the field of Tribology, the study of friction and lubrication. This activity will focus on Leonardo Da Vinci's design for a parachute. Participants will use his design to build a replica of the parachute then using the knowledge gained from his design attempt to build an improved model.


Argonne National Laboratory


Badge Type: skill

Expected Duration: 2 weeks


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    Friction has been used in everyday life for thousands of years. In the Stone Age, it was used to start fires by rubbing together wooden sticks. However, the first organized study of friction wasn’t until 1493 by Leonardo da Vinci. You may know Leonardo da Vinci for painting the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but he was also a sculptor and many other things. He was extremely curious about the world and this made him successful. He also is considered by some to be the world's first Tribologist. Tribology is the study of friction and lubrication. In this activity, you are going to conduct experiments similar to Da Vinci and attempt to improve upon them using items found in your home.