November 28, 2012

Fractal Structures Could Bear Heavy Loads

Tushna Commissariat, Physics World


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A team of researchers in Europe has shown that the density of large structures can be dramatically reduced, if they are designed using a fractal pattern. The researchers have worked out a way to calculate an optimal “hierarchal structure” built from a certain material so that it can withstand a given load. They claim that using such techniques could help in building highly efficient load-bearing structures that could be used in solar sails, cranes or other lightweight-yet-strong constructs.

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TAGGED: Architecture, Fractals