Faculty Advisor

Chierichetti, Maria

Faculty Advisor

Linn, Anthony B.


The unique challenges presented by the high performance and stringent safety demands of the aerospace engineering field require advanced materials. These materials are constantly being developed and refined, and a thorough knowledge of their properties and behavior is necessary before they can be put to use. Energy absorption is an important mechanical property that is most commonly evaluated by conducting impact tests. This project has developed a low-cost, reliable, guided drop tower for impact testing of novel aerospace materials. The project team has produced a complete design along with a user manual and bill of materials. It is anticipated that the final design will used to fabricate and assemble a drop tower for future research.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering