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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Coconut shells scientists suggested a method of manufacturing a solid wall

The idea was born after the representatives from the universities of Freiburg, tübingen and Stuttgart conducted a thorough study of the shell of a coconut. They found that the solid inner layer of exotic fruit endocare owe their strength mainly to the pattern of the blood vessels, which enter the nutrient. The researchers believe that the structure of the vascular system helps the nuts not to crack, falling to the ground, even the tallest trees that reach 30 meters in height. “Endocarp, it seems, dissipates the energy cracks,” said one of the study’s authors, Stephanie biomechanic of Smyer.

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This discovery of the unique properties of coconut shell — a pretext for new ideas in architecture. German scientists believe that, having received a hint from nature, the builders can create the walls on the principle coconut endocare make the buildings more resistant. Particularly useful such a development would be for regions with frequent earthquakes.

As commented in the Moscow Institute of architecture, to embody this idea while not technically difficult, but possible. In theory, it turns out that wall for earthquake-resistant buildings work this way: soft structure of polymer fibers, repeating the pattern of the vascular system of the shell of coconut, you will need to pour concrete. But it is not known how in practice to behave in this structure. Here, among other things, it will be necessary to take into account thermal expansion of concrete, which may affect its deformation. In addition, this technology will be expensive, most likely, it will cost about 20 percent more expensive than traditional.

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