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Blowing up a Balloon

Matthew Saxton

Date Icon Week 2, Wednesday 2 May TT 2012
Time Icon 8:15pm

When you try to blow up a balloon, the hardest part is near the beginning when it takes a lot of effort to make it expand more than a little. After blowing hard enough, the balloon expands quite suddenly past this stage and then the process becomes much easier. This talk will introduce the subject of Solid Mechanics (focusing on Elasticity) and use its ideas to explain why the balloon effect occurs.