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Year 1 Civil Engineering
Alastair McDonald, Carl Leroy-Smith, Dr Alan Bloodworth

This ascending structure has been designed to lean against a concrete column. A mild steel tube reaches up towards the top of the column and is held in place against the column by the bending action exerted by a weight component at its base and the vertical frictional force generated at the point of contact with the column. The weight component is constructed from CNC cut layered plywood sections. The triangular form keeps the centre of gravity low, providing stability, and the stepped reduction in size of each layer concentrates weight where required. Projecting adjustable bolts allow for the structure to be levelled.

18mm mild steel tube
18mm birch plywood
M5 connector bolts
M8 galvanised steel threaded bar
M8 galvanised hexagonal steel nuts.

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