Friday, January 21, 2011

Initial Concept

My initial design concept dealt with a means of providing fast and efficient infrastructure for use in disaster relief efforts based on the manner in which trees and plants root themselves. The intent was to provide a steel tube which housed bundles of steel 'roots' which would be extended via a hyrdaulic pressure system. The system would negate the need for preparatory site work and be deployable in differing soil conditions and even under water. Once installed a variety of program could be constructed on top of the supports. Several shortfalls of the design included the hugh amount of pressure needed to fully extend the roots into soil, the subsequent thickness of the steel components needed to contain this pressure, and the mechanisms which would make extension possible.
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