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I am building a huge kite inspired by Alexander Graham Bell's historical models.  

Framework Reinforcement

Thursday, August 9, 2007

I think that I've made some progress on framework reinforcement. Instead of using flat shapes made of stiff tubes, why not design the framework as an octect truss? It's strange to feel that I'm rediscovering once again Bell's ideas about how to create lightweight, strong shapes. I think that by using triangular cells, the relatively flexible fibreglass tubes that I have should be able to provide more rigidity to the kite. Of course, this is just a theory until it's tested in the wind.

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