August 13, 2010 Leave a comment
Shown here are photographs of the material testing exercise for the Strip-Truss concept.
The exercise was carried out in the following stages …
Splitting the bamboo – manually using basic tools like the dow and hatchet
Straightening the splits – manually by applying heat
Thinning the straight splits – manually using dow / hatchet
Bending – manually by applying heat and bending along a profile or a jig – we experienced casualties in this process initially, first applying heat and then pressure – this often causes the bamboo strips to crack and eventually break.
Bending – manually by applying heat – this time around we performed the bending differently – applying heat and pressure simultaneously.
Strip-Truss mock up – This was a quick attempt to mock up one strip-truss module