University of Illinois at Chicago
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Elastic Modules in a Rigid Frame

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posted on 2023-02-03, 21:09 authored by Morgan Peterson

This photo is the result of a series of experiments conducted to understand how flexible systems interact with a rigid frame. This model was made by pumping concrete into latex balloons that were then set into a rigid frame to cure. After hardening, the balloons were removed to reveal the symbiotic relationship between the frame and the now-stiff concrete volumes: the concrete forms provide shear bracing and lateral stiffening for the frame while the frame provided the necessary compressive forces that shaped and distorted the bulbous forms while in their liquid state.


This exhibit competition is organized by the University of Illinois Chicago Graduate College and the University Library