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Video | State-of-the-art steel truss on display

Adaptive truss

An ultra-slim prototype adaptive “infinitely stiff” steel truss is on display at the Building Centre in London’s Store Street until September 1st.

Source: Gennaro Senatore

Fitted with sensors and actuators the 6m long cantilever truss is only 160mm deep and weighs 102kg, yet it can carry a load of 100kg at its extreme end without measurable deflection.

Its developers believe the technology could be applied to a wide range of structures, from supertall buildings to long span bridges and roofs, and to stadiums and grandstands. Savings of up to 60% on structural material content and more than 50% on whole life energy costs are claimed.

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