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RE: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks instead of steel joints

Subject: RE: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks instead of steel joints
From: Alastair Durkin
Date: May 10 2022 08:46:07
I agree, Duncan's work is fascinating. A tree man who actually seeks to 
answer the questions we ponder, with science. I'm looking forward to his next 
publication, to enable further pondering on my part. 

This stuff by MIT is brilliant, not just mimicking the structure of tree 
forks, but actually using them within the structure like the ship builders of 
olden times. But now also with the design led by the morphology of the forks 
too. Superb.

Alastair


-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info <uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> 
On Behalf Of Jim Quaife
Sent: 09 May 2022 16:33
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: RE: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks 
instead of steel joints

The work that Duncan has done is fascinating, but at the risk of sounding 
dismissive (which I'm not), anyone who has split firewood in any quantity 
with an axe will know that it is nigh on impossible to separate a fork.
When looking at forks one is looking to see any indications of inherent 
weakness from whatever stimulus.  One the basis that trees are 
self-optimising there is no reason to suspect that a fork is week, and from 
looking at storm damage (from even before 1987!) some forks failed, others 
didn't and there was a stem/branch fracture above others.

On another tack, perhaps we could revert to the main function of uktc which 
is to exchange knowledge and opinions, and to ask questions, while keeping 
the blood pressure normal!
Jim
 

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Michael Richardson
Sent: 09 May 2022 14:31
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks 
instead of steel joints

Forks = Duncan Slater

Look it up yourself.

Michael Richardson B.Sc.F., BCMA
Ontario MTCU Qualified Arborist
Richardson Tree Care
Richardsontreecare.ca
613-475-2877
800-769-9183

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On Thu, May 5, 2022 at 5:45 PM Wayne Tyson <wt750mv@xxxxxx.com> wrote:

Need (comparison) test results. Great opportunity for study of factors 
leading to failures. References to research?

The "forks" depicted appear to be hardwoods.

WT

On Thu, May 5, 2022 at 4:39 AM Jonathan Hazell < 
go2jonathan.hazell@xxxxxx.com>
wrote:

Dear all,

Make of this what you will

"Discarded tree forks could replace load-bearing joints in 
architecture projects using a construction technique developed by 
researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

https://tinyurl.com/2e769334";


All the best,

Jonathan

Jonathan Hazell
07501 XXXXXX
jhazell.com



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