The Cycas Thouarsii (Madagascar Sago) is a subtropical plant from the Genus: Cycas. Their resistance to hurricanes, wildfires and droughts is part of the reason for their continued survival to the present day. Understanding the structural composition of the plants will help establish what naturally occurring systems allow to the plant to be so durable.
Testing variations of the ‘V’ shaped base inspired by the Cycad will help understand the relationship between a curved profile and strength/durability.
This Investigation shows how different curves perform under gravitational load.
Curve Test: Paper Cantilever I
Curve Test: Paper Cantilever II
The geometries were produced in Grasshopper, utilising the graph mapper for mathematical curves. Since the Cycad plant has a stem in the shape of a Parabola / V, I began by testing how increasing the depth of a parabola curve can increase the performance of the paper cut out.
Curve Test: Plywood Cantilever
The purpose of the experiment was to see if Plywood performs in a similar way to paper when conducting the same tests.
Plywood Array :
The purpose of this experiment is to understand how the curved plywood experiment performs under various arrangements. The base model features arrays with varying angles, and distances apart in order to better understand how the curves can look and connect together.
The second part of this investigation set out to understand how the plywood reacts to varying degrees of tension. String tension members were connected to the cylindrical array in a similar manor to the arrangement found in pine cones.
Plywood : 180 x 360
Utilising the curve of the plywood, investigation was conducted into the various degrees in which the wood can bend.