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Adhesive Tape Strength

Adhesive Tape Strength | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
We're going to test five different types of tape to see which one is the strongest. We'll measure the amount of force it takes to pull each type of tape off a steel surface.


The hypothesis is that the duct tape will require the greatest amount of force to be pulled off the steel surface.

Method & Materials

You will place two stools about 400mm apart and place a metal steel plate on top. You will then cut pieces of tape and stick them to the steel plate. You will then hang weights from the tape and measure how much weight it takes to pull the tape off the steel plate.
You will need a roll of cellophane tape, duct tape, scotch tape, electrical tape, and masking tape. You will also need two chairs or stools, a metal steel plate, five pieces of string, and weights.


The results showed that the duct tape was the strongest among the five types of tape tested. It required the most force to pull it off the steel surface.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it tests the strength of different types of adhesive tape. It also shows how different types of tape can be used for different applications.

Also Consider

Variations: Repeat the experiment with various other brands of the same types of tape. Try to repeat the science fair project using double sided tape.

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