EQUILIBRIUM MODEL / EXPERIMENT THREE
In this set of experimental models, we utilized objects found in the kitchen to explore the equilibrium of solid masses supported by compressive and tensile forces. More specifically, we tied our tensile element, butcher's twine, to carrots under compression, and in turn formed a tripod to hold up loads of various weights. During the testing phase, we experimented with four carrots at first.
When loads were successfully applied without collapsing, we decided to proceed with having only three carrots as the structure under compression it worked. The stability of the triangular structure allowed us to apply loads that we either hung or gently placed on top of the triangular wooden frame. As the frame evenly distributes the force, it applies a load to the tensile element below, which in turn triggers the compression of the carrots that are held together by an elastic band.