This report is the first stage of the design, construction and testing
of a balsa wood structure. In April, the design will be tested against
classmates? designs, where the design with the highest load/weight ratio
wins. The information gained from this report will be used in the
construction of the structure. The report is composed of two sections.
The first is an evaluation of material properties of balsa, glues and
different joint configurations. The second section consists of a
discussion on a preliminary design that is based on conclusions drawn
from the testing section.
Common material tests of tension, compression and bending were
performed and... View More »