New World Record Set

Declaration of World Record Set World Record

 Set on February 25th 2012 by Corporal Willy aka Richard Williams

    To all the readers of the SolidWorks Teachers Web Site and the world at large, I do solemnly swear and affirm that on 02/25/2012 while in the University Testing Lab at UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada, a new world record was set. This world record was set during an event staged there for the Engineers Week where we introduced a number of young children to think about technical careers and engineering. One of the tasks put out for the children to see and witness was to take part in the testing of various cardboard structures I made using cardboard material that you would normally throw out or recycle and Elmer’s Wood Glue. Down below are two pictures of all the cardboard structures that I created for destructive testing to be done on this day.  Mostly cardboard I-Beams in standard and Seismic configurations but there are four little stools there that I will focus this Declaration on.  Both the material and the shape it is put in help to create it's strength and resistance to crushing.

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It is important to state here and now that the only World Record Test Results that I am declaring are those that were done on the very sophisticated university's test lab equipment.  The technical documentation, as well as witnesses and forensic picture archives are being presented to this distinguished readership so  that you can look it all over.  I did go to the Guinness Book of World Records and did searches for this type of category.  Finding none on this particular subject I submitted my information and declaration.  But I did also refused to hand over my credit card information for them to do all of their own searches into this claim.  Realizing that I did not save the world here from a disaster and being retired, I saw no reason to go any further with that route.  Therefore, I decided to Declare my World Record that begs to be beaten by the youngsters in schools all over the world.  Inspiring and motivating students, schools and teachers into doing these hands on projects is what keeps me going.

This is my Declaration Down Below:

On this day I am declaring myself as a holder of a world record for the strongest and lightest cardboard construction to the world.  I am also making a challenge for the schools and students everywhere to beat that record.  My strongest stool weighed only 9.25 ounces (264 grams) but held up a static loading force of 1,113 lbs or 504.84 kilograms, which is a weight to strength ratio of 1,925.1891 to 1.  That is the record I want students and schools to beat.  There were many witnesses to this test and I do have the documented evidence.  After doing a search for anything on that topic on the Guinness Book of World Records, I found no such record or category in this realm.  There were categories for other uses of cardboard, but not for the strength of cardboard structures weighing in at such very small values with ratios of weight to strength.  So finding no such equal search subject in that category, I made the claim and clicked on the submit button.  This claimed world record was not done to put me in the spotlight.  It was done to challenge and stimulate the interest in school competitions worldwide using these cheap materials, which are mostly free as far as the cardboard is concerned.  It is also called fiberboard in many parts of the world.  When you challenge students, they can do great things.  I have also made this claim on the web site, which has many members that are teachers and students.  With a little practice many very nice structures can be created with this material.  Rather than burning it or burying it in dump sites, I would rather see it used for hands on projects in our schools all over the world.  I have attached the digitized record of the test using the UNLV’s Testing Lab Equipment.  Their equipment breaks it down into seconds, with displacement values as well as the tested object's applied stress, along with the force recorded at that same time.  I know how much Engineers love recorded data, so I offer it to those reading this email.  You can scroll down through the text file to see exactly when and how much force was exerted until it broke.   I think it is still amazing to have it recorded like this on real test equipment.  Along with the text file of the test, I have included the forensic picture files for you to look at.   It took about four days to make each one of the stools and it had to be done in stages.  I want to take the time to thank the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and to all the college  engineering students that volunteered to make the day successful.  Two ¾ inch plywood pieces the size of the stool's top surface were placed on top of the test surface to create a more uniform pressure all over the top of the stool.  Their weight was not even added into this force exerted on the top surface but their combined weight was 2.778125 lbs additional.  However, I will not claim that in this World Record Declaration.  Sincerely,


I am sorry for the text file being such a long column to view.  I will make the full test file available to anyone that would like to see it, but it is very long.  I cut out anything past the time of the highest recorded value and only added a couple of other lines of data to show the place where the Stool-Test # 44 failed.

Model P3 Strain Indicator and Recorder

                Date/Time Ch 1         Ch 2         Ch 3         Ch 4

                                                ue            ue            ue            lbf

2/25/2012 1:05:55 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:05:55 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:05:56 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:05:57 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:05:58 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:05:59 PM                                                 +000.2

2/25/2012 1:06:00 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:06:01 PM                                                 +000.2

2/25/2012 1:06:02 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:06:03 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:06:04 PM                                                 +000.1

2/25/2012 1:06:05 PM                                                 -001.2

2/25/2012 1:06:06 PM                                                 -005.5

2/25/2012 1:06:07 PM                                                 -012.6

2/25/2012 1:06:08 PM                                                 -024.8

2/25/2012 1:06:09 PM                                                 -040.1

2/25/2012 1:06:10 PM                                                 -058.7

2/25/2012 1:06:11 PM                                                 -083.4

2/25/2012 1:06:12 PM                                                 -112.3

2/25/2012 1:06:13 PM                                                 -148.9

2/25/2012 1:06:14 PM                                                 -186.5

2/25/2012 1:06:15 PM                                                 -216.8

2/25/2012 1:06:16 PM                                                 -258.5

2/25/2012 1:06:17 PM                                                 -302.1

2/25/2012 1:06:18 PM                                                 -345.9

2/25/2012 1:06:19 PM                                                 -388.2

2/25/2012 1:06:20 PM                                                 -432.3

2/25/2012 1:06:21 PM                                                 -476.6

2/25/2012 1:06:22 PM                                                 -520.2

2/25/2012 1:06:23 PM                                                 -561.2

2/25/2012 1:06:24 PM                                                 -603.4

2/25/2012 1:06:25 PM                                                 -646.9

2/25/2012 1:06:26 PM                                                 -690.3

2/25/2012 1:06:27 PM                                                 -733.6

2/25/2012 1:06:28 PM                                                 -773.5

2/25/2012 1:06:29 PM                                                 -812.3



2/25/2012 1:06:30 PM                                                 -846.7

2/25/2012 1:06:31 PM                                                 -881.6

2/25/2012 1:06:32 PM                                                 -916.9

2/25/2012 1:06:33 PM                                                 -949.5

2/25/2012 1:06:34 PM                                                 -975.7

2/25/2012 1:06:35 PM                                                 -999.8

2/25/2012 1:06:36 PM                                                 -1014.

2/25/2012 1:06:37 PM                                                 -1032.

2/25/2012 1:06:38 PM                                                 -1050.

2/25/2012 1:06:39 PM                                                 -1066.

2/25/2012 1:06:40 PM                                                 -1082.

2/25/2012 1:06:41 PM                                                 -1100.

2/25/2012 1:06:42 PM                                                 -1113.

2/25/2012 1:06:43 PM                                                 -1104.

2/25/2012 1:06:44 PM                                                 -1103.

For your amusement I now offer you the Forensic Pictures of the Stool.

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Okay, I dare you to beat my record !  Good Luck.

Corporal Willy

Corporal Willy

Corporal Willy

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