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Studio 2

Frame Tower Brief:

In a group build, construct a stable tower tall enough to reach the celling.

Materials:

Initial Designs: 1.

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Balsa Wood ~300x50x30mm (40pcs) Glue Masking Tape Cutting Knife

Initial Design began with a square base, pallet style system (see fig.1) with the intention of linking multiple series of this with longer pieces of balsa wood (see fig. 2). Connecting the longer pieces became a problem as there was insufficient surface are to connect them to, so for stability and strengthening an extra level on the pallet was added on the opposite side as to prevent the longer piece from falling inward (see fig.3).

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Frame Tower 5.

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Due to time constraints, changes to the design were made to gain height as quickly as possible. To do so, the long pieces of balsa wood were joined together with compression caused but tightly taping the pieces together (fig. 5). This was done multiple times to achieve height, and then joined at the top of the four pieces joined in a pyramid form from the base. This skeletal structure built was able to hold tower upright to achieve a tower similar to that represented in figure 6. When pressure was applied to the tower to find its weak points, it held weight considerably well, flexing at the bottom pyramid form (shown by red cirles on figure 6).

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Frame Tower Towers constructed by other groups were considerably different to the style adopted by our group. Other groups featured many angles in their frame as a form of support to hold the height of their tower. These towers gave way under pressure as the glue would not have had sufficient time to dry and masking tape would have been applied unevenly due to its square shape being unable to provide full coverage to the tight angles.

Glossary

Structural Joint* - The manner in which forces are transferred from one structural element to the next Stability^ - The state of quality of being stable Tension^ - The state of being stretched or strained Frame^ - A rigid structure formed of relatively slender pieces, joined so as to surround sizable empty spaces or nonstructural panels, and generally used as a major support in building. Bracing^ - Stregthening Column^ - a rigid, relatively slender, upright support, composed of relatively few pieces. * - Francis D.K. Ching, 2008, Building and Constructed Illustrated, John Wiley & Sons Inc, Hoboken. ^ - Dictionary.com, 2014, 21/03/2014, <http://dictionary.reference.com/>

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Studio 2 STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS - Solid - Surface - Skeletal - Membrane

STRUCTURAL JOINTS - Roller

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