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Geometry in the Real World: Novel geometry creates big structures from small interlocking pieces

Assemblies of the cellular composite material are seen from different perspectives, showing the repeating "cuboct" lattice structure, made from many identical flat cross-shaped pieces. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Cheung

How to make big things out of small pieces
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, August 15, 2013
Researchers invent a new approach to assembling big structures — even airplanes and bridges — out of small interlocking composite components.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child’s construction toy. The new material, the researchers say, could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft, and even larger structures, such as dikes and levees. Read more

Geometry
Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space.
 

Novel geometry creates big structures from small interlocking pieces
 


 

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