The podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) covers the 110 years of history of Instituto Superior Técnico, through its past, present and future objects.
A collection of objects related to different fields, such as science, music, arts and sports, is the starting point for conversations with people who will tell us more about the history of these objects.
A new episode is released every week. The podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) is part of the Público newspaper podcasts.
Today’s episode (#61) – 23rd September 2022: “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) – The Hounsfield testing machine.
The Hounsfield testing machine was brought to Técnico in the 1970s to test the resistance of materials to be used, for example, construction materials. It was fundamental to the Metallurgical Engineering degree, created in the same decade, and there is hardly any student who has not used it. Understanding the mechanical behaviour of the various types of materials using a crank handle was the everyday life of students. Many years later, and after much technological evolution, it keeps the memory of trying to develop the steel industry and the production of nuclear energy in Portugal, and it is a rare piece in the country.