Sunday, October 22, 2006
a_This study was an investigation of the notion of 'slip space'. We wanted to focus on the output of our system and how the internal elements of the system redistribute themselves into non-determinate patterns.
b_We then decided to alter the system to see what the results would be if the external binding structure was flexible as opposed to rigid. The result was a more dynamic output.
The first series of prototype studies tested out three types of materials and their specific properties within a flexible structure.
RESULTS-Foam ended up being a difficult material due to its friction. Movement bowed out and often ended up bursting out of the frame.
RESULTS- The styrene worked great. The friction was low and it allowed for a lot of 'slip' movement internally along with working well with the external frame.
RESULTS-This material was similar to the foam in regards to issues with friction. The friction was too great thus making the movement of the output difficult to achieve.
Each of these cells could be treated as an individual unit and then be aggregated into a larger system. The styrene/plastic would be the best material to accomplish this.
We then attempted to weave in some of the Flexinol wire and test its movement by directly hooking it up to the 9V battery.
RESULTS-We ran into issues with the wire becoming too hot and then slightly melting the plastic. The movement was also not as great as we would have liked to to the gauge of the wire.
This protype uses a board and a simple structure which is attached to a select few cells to allow the movement.
RESULTS-Issues with the material of the structure and the gauge of the wire came up again. The piano wire ended up bending and the Flexinol wire was too thin and ended up snapping.