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Glue It Out
Transcript of Glue It Out
We were asked to build an earthquake resistant building. To satisfy our client, this is how we created the building.
We are Glue It Out, and we invite you to enjoy our building presentations. The members and founders of Glue It Out are Kaylin Yang, Lily Steinmetz, Joana Filipi, and Benjamin McCuistion
This was out final structure:
The Problem and More
The Problem: Design and build an earthquake resistant building
Criteria: Must be six stories tall, each floor must be 10 cm tall with a total square footage of at least 600 cm squared. It must maximize living space, and be glamorous. Lastly, it must be undamaged in the event of an earthquake.
Constraints: The budget is $200,000, must be completed in 1.5 weeks, maximum of 15 cm wide and 20 cm long, must use given materials.
Cross-bracing - for support
Trusses- for strong beams
Base Isolation-to prevent shaking of building
Weak Beam Strong Column- to better support the weight
Shear Walls- to reduce shaking
To test our structure, we shook it multiple times with our hands from the top and from the base. During the test, our base was bolted to the shake table on either side. When the table was turned on, our building shook a little, but overall our base isolation worked well and kept the building from moving. In total, the only damage the building took was the detachment of two beams.
After we tested our building we thought of the things that we could have done to better our building.
Picture of Prototype
What we used:
One thing that we thought of doing was reinforcing our joints. In the end 2 of our joints on the same beam were damaged. To strengthen theses joints, we could have added super-glue before putting on the play-dough.
Earthquake Tower Presentation
For this project, we had about a $200,000 limited spending amount. We decided that we wanted to have these elements with these costs in our structure: foundation- $20,000; beams/wooden sticks- $1,000; and boards/index cards- $10,000; and rubberbands- $500 each. We ended up buying two foundations, which mean't that our budget was at $140,000. We bought 60 beams, which made our remaining budget at $80,000. We had bought six boards, which made our budget at 20,000. Finally, we bought two rubber bands, which made our final budget at $19,000 remaining.
Another modification that we could have was our base isolation. Our rubber bands did not give that second foundation enough give to move.
By Lily Steinmetz, Kaylin Yang, Joana Filipi, and Ben McCuistion