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 gradual erosion of metals and other materials, typically by chemical reaction with the environment is known as Corrosion - True or False

The Kinzua Bridge in Pennsylvania was blown down by a tornado in 2003, primarily because the bolts holding the structure to the ground had corroded away - True or False

The first pilot to travel faster than sound was Chuck Yeager in a Bell X-1 - True or False

In Solid Mechanics, Torsion is defined as the linear force stretching an object along its axis - True or False

Torsion is the twisting of an object due to an applied force at right angles to its linear axis 

WD-40 is a widely available water-displacing spray - WD-40 stands for Water Deficient after 40 seconds - True or False

WD40 is so called because of - a) WD = Water Dispersant and - b) 40 = the 40th formula used before the chemists achieved success

A form of Bubble Wrap was first used by the Ancient Greeks and the name is derived from the Latin for air bubble - True or False

Bubble Wrap was co-invented by Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes in 1957 

One brake horse power equals 33,000 ft lb per min - True or False

In Electrical Engineering - a transformer is a static  electrical device that transfers energy by inductive coupling  between its winding circuits - True or False

In Fluid Mechanics - flows with high Reynolds numbers are classified as Laminar Flow - True or False

A high Reynolds number indicates Turbulent Flow

Fortran is the second oldest computer programming language - True or False

Fortran is the oldest computer programming language