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~ Cube Project ~

Tennis Racket
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Emily Zheng

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of ~ Cube Project ~

A Revolutionary Invention Tennis Racket

Equipment mainly used for the sport of tennis to strike a tennis ball in mid-air back and forth between two teams

May also be used for other games related to this sport Function Light-weight graphite (compounds) such as titanium, kevlar, and fiberglass for the frame

Synthetic fibers like nylon for the strings

Synthetic fabrics for the racket's grip Major Materials: Synthetic fabrics can be soft and water-resistant to ensure that the player maintains a good grip of the racket Why these materials were chosen: Composite tennis rackets have frames made of multple graphite compounds, including the raw material graphite Origin of one of the materials: Long handles and small, stringed, oval heads were some of the racket's distinct features History of the object: Bibliography: Graphite is also a corrosion and heat resistant material, so it will protect against harsh chemicals and deterioration Nylon is elastic, strong and durable so the strings of the racket do not spring off or break The frame needs to be lightweight and flexible enough to keep the ball aimed straight when hit The Italians developed the very first tennis racket This made its first appearance in Europe of the 14th century. Soon, it gained in popularity and usage A wooden frame with strings made of natural animal gut was what it was comprised of Woodward, Angela. "How tennis racket is made." How Products Are Made. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Dec. 2012. <http://www.madehow.com/Volume-3/Tennis-Racket.html>. "Racket history." ITF Technical News. ITF Licensing, n.d. Web. 26 Dec. 2012. <http://www.itftennis.com/technical/equipment/rackets/history.asp>. Bartlett, Mark. "Tennis Racket - Materials, Design, Evolution and Testing." AZoM™ - The A to Z of Materials". N.p., 7 Aug. 2002. Web. 27 Dec. 2012. <http://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=1559>. "A Timeline of Tennis Racquets." Squidoo : Welcome to Squidoo. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Dec. 2012. <http://www.squidoo.com/tennis-racquets4>. About Tennis Rackets." eHow | Discover the expert in you. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Dec. 2012. <http://www.ehow.com/about_4596879_tennis-rackets.html>. Graphite is found predominantly in China, but is also mined for in countries like India, Brazil, North Korea, and Canada These layers must be woven together tightly through one of many different processes involving intense heat and pressure. Once these fibers are aligned properly, several of these sheets can then be attached at different angles for increased strength. Finally, these layered sheets are placed into a mold of the racket and dried until hardened.
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