The Coffee Break Hard Trivia Quiz – A challenging selection of General Engineering Trivia questions and answers -
sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know, but you’re sure that you did know or that you should know and when you see the answers you know that once upon a time you probably did know !

Challenge your colleagues – can they answer more than you ?


The Lead Screw on a Lathe always has a thread with an included angle of 55 degrees – True or False

The Lead Screw thread is either Square or Acme

A Nebula is a very large cloud of dust and gas which exists in outer space - True or False

In metal forming - Forging can typically produce a piece that is stronger than an equivalent cast  or machined  part because the metal is shaped during the forging process and its internal grain deforms to follow the general shape of the part - True or False

"Tines" are protruding ridges or teeth which are typically on a drive shaft and mesh with grooves in a mating piece in order to transfer rotation or a turning force - True or False

This type of join is called a "Spline"

One US ton (weight) equals 32,000 ounces - True or False

In the petroleum industry - the practice of recording the volume of oil as the number of "oil barrels" was first used in the Pennsylvania oil fields - True or False

In Electrical Engineering - a Battery is a passive  two-terminal  electrical component  used to store energy  electrostatically  in an electric field  - True or False

It is a Capacitor ( a battery stores energy via a chemical reaction)

Typically found on firearms such as rifles, Telescopic Sights are based on an optical refracting telescope - True or False

The Watt is the SI derived unit of Power and Radiant Flux - True or False

In the study of the  mechanical properties of materials  - a sample having identical values of a property in all directions. is called...


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