Maximum load capacity with minimal consumption of materials - this is how supporting structures in construction should be today. Researchers from the University of Stuttgart together with Bosch Rexroth have now come a great deal closer to achieving this goal. They have constructed a wooden shell which is much thinner than anything deemed possible up to now. With a mere four centimetre thickness the shell spans a surface of over 100 square metres. The extreme slimness of the shell becomes possible through the use of an adaptive structure. The above story is reprinted from materials provided by University of Stuttgart, via AlphaGalileo.
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