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by John Marchment, Fe Coordinator

The old BBC videos, although still good from a content point of view are the cause of much hilarity amongst students due to the tie and sideburn fashions! Classroom Video have a series of newer and less expensive videos mostly made in Australia which cover:

  • Ferrous metals
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Plastics
  • Composites
  • Wood and wood products

These are generally very good for post 16 students, but not very technical. Also beware of some factual errors (e.g. Gold is our oldest metal and the best conductor). Most of the US-produced material is comparatively expensive and/or of dubious presentational style.

The two Corus (British Steel) videos: Steel Making and Steel Shaping are also cheap to buy and well made.

The teaching of the material failure criteria at both national and higher level can be aided by looking at the Open University video on the Tay Bridge Disaster. The famous clip of the failure of the Tacoma Narrows bridge is readily available from the internet. The BBC have a large number of back Horizon programmes for sale, many of these deal with engineering disasters. Unfortunately, not many programmes deal with engineering successes, but the Discovery Channel have regular programmes covering this area.