Faculty Advisor

Lados, Diana A.

Faculty Advisor

Thomsen, Tom Hartvig


The goal of this project was to explore the historical background of Western Europe during the Middle Ages and research the evolution of weaponry based on the available materials and processing methods. As part of this project, a battle axe replica was constructed using the traditional methods. Furthermore, research on the material properties of 1045 steel was conducted, and samples of annealed and forged steel were taken and analyzed using modern inspection techniques. Lastly, information regarding medieval era weaponry was summarized and added to the WPI Historical Evolution in Materials of Arms and Armors website.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering