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Balsawood Structure Design 1 Introduction 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 loadweight 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 analyzed The qualities of three different adhesives were tested and evaluated and finally three different joint configurations were tested Illustrations of each test setup are included Whenever possible qualitative results will be given as opposed to strictly quantitative values A qualitative result is much more useful in general design decisions Experimental results from the testing stage combined with experiences is working with the materials offered clues for the preliminary design The design section mixes both practical and experimental experience together to present the best possible solution for the structure It also offers additional insights that were not considered in the initial material testing procedure The design presented in the this section is likely to be similar the final model however modifications may be needed for the final design that were unforeseeable at the time of this report This report generally functions as a guide for the construction stage of the project Its role is to provide useful information and a basis for the final design Before the final design is tested prototypes will be constructed to test the principles discussed in this report The goal of this report is to combine the results from testing and experience to produce a working preliminary design
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