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How to Construct Large Structures Out of Small Ones

How to Construct Large Structures Out of Small Ones
How to Construct Large Structures Out of Small Ones, © Kenneth Cheung
© Kenneth Cheung

MIT researchers have developed a lightweight, interlocking composite component which can be snapped together to create airplanes, spacecraft and even larger structures. Likened to chain mail but based on a newly-developed geometry, the parts form a structure that is 10 times stiffer for a given weight than existing ultralight materials. The structure allows much less material to carry a given load and could revolutionize all moving vehicles, reducing their weight and the costs of construction while allowing greater design flexibility. To find out how it happens, read the full description here.

Cite: Barbara Porada. "How to Construct Large Structures Out of Small Ones" 22 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/418284/researchers-invent-new-way-of-constructing-large-structures/>
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