Structural Tech

 

Changing The Shape

Most of the world has unofficially determined that cylindrical and spherical structures best withstand internal or external pressure. The exacting arc tolerances and curved nature of the parts required to construct traditional pressure vessels significantly increase the degree of difficulty and hence the cost of such construction for these structures.

2012-06-11_21-39-59_232 copyIn contrast, Global Oceanic Designs’ Bi- and Tri-Pyramidal Structural Hulls utilize ‘flat stock’ (or non-curved) parts throughout. This revolutionary, yet extremely simple, design difference is the primary advantage of Bi- and Tri-Pyramidal Hulls because it greatly simplifies their construction process when compared to current standards.

The ‘flat stock’ feature of Global Oceanic Designs’ structural hulls has been accurately described as a “manufacturer’s dream.” Furthermore, entirely unlike conventional hull designs, the Bi- and Tri-Pyramidal Structural Hulls are easily scalable and inter-connectable in modular designs.

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Structures maintain the same collective strength when scaled up as long as proper ratios are maintained. Connecting individual modules or existing multiple-unit structures can be accomplished using simple techniques ranging from permanent lamination to temporary screws or bolts. This versatility creates almost innumerable forms and countless applications for these structures from small pressure housings to super tankers.

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Significant prototype testing of two Tri-Pyramidal Hulls and one Bi-Pyramidal Hull conducted by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) confirmed the extraordinary capabilities of these hulls to withstand hydrostatic pressure. 

It is important to understand that Bi- and Tri-Pyramidal Structural Hulls do not require environments involving significant internal or external pressures to be commercially-viable technologies.

Thinner materials could be used to create a structure that provides safe housing to its inhabitants through any natural disaster on land or over the water. The structures allow the use of thinner, flat-stock building materials to adapt the structure to the rigors of the environment around it. The fast, simple construction of the buildings also allows for the rapid deployment of shelters before or after an incident occurs, and the ability to combine in mass scale to accelerate the construction of entire cities. 

This adaption reaches all the way into outer space where private companies currently competing in a second space race are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in pursuit of the infrastructure necessary to bring commercial space travel into existence. These groups are looking for light-weight, densely-packed structures that are strong enough to withstand the rigors of outer space. The modularity and ease of construction when compared to conventional space structures place the Bi- and Tri- Pyramid Hull light years ahead of this exploding industry.

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