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Mass Tower By Joe Kemp 699027 Week 1


Joe Kemp

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Mass Tower: The lecture and tutorial in week one focussed on structures and how they support and distribute weight. In the lecture I shaped my paper structure into a star shaped prism which did not hold the weight of the brick. I believe this was due to the fact that the prism was not together by sticky tape and so did not have the necessary support to hold the huge stress placed upon it. The process of building the mass tower in the tutorial was split into three sections. These were: 1. The Format/Wall: As you can see by page three of this document, the induvidual bricks were placed in such a manner that each brick distributed its weight (plus the combined weight of the blocks above it) onto two more blocks. This format changed the blocks from induvidual objects to a strong and stable structure. The majority of the wall was built in this manner as the building was cylindrical. This meant that no corners were present which added to the overall stability of the structure.

This format of blocks proved so successful that after the activity was completed holes could be made in the side of the structure and it remained standing due to the fact that every block was supported by two more blocks. The structure of the wall proved extremely successful and provided a solid base for the arch and roof to be built. 2. The Arch: The Arch was more difficult to build as most of the blocks were placed over open air which provided a structural flaw which needed to be dealt with. We dealt with this by building up the wall next to the arch before so that the blocks over the open space were counter weighted by another block. This proved successful and when the keystone was put in place the arch was complete. One of the challenges of the arch was to allow a small dinosaur toy to fit through. This was accomplished easily enough through planning at the very beginning of the build.


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The blocks above and to the left and right of arch are providing a valuable counterweight for the blocks hanging over the empty space. When the keystone was put in place the structure became complete and as much weight could be applied to the arch as wanted.

3. The Roof: The roof proved to be more difficult. The main problem that we had was the fact that as soon as we built the roof to a certain extent the roof would collapse. We tried many different ways of stopping this; one way we tried was to build column supports in the centre of the tower but we soon gave up because it was taking too long to build and we were running out of time. Our tutor then suggested that we change the building format for the roof so that the weight of the roof was counterweighted on the outside of the tower. This method worked to a certain extent but due to time restrictions my team were not able to finish the roof. This was disappointing as the method seemed to be working. -The new structure for the roof was chosen over the structure for the wall. - The extra piece hanging outside was used to counterweight the overhanging block on the inside.


Joe Kemp

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