Hidden strength of a spider’s web( @ MIT news)

The silk that spiders use to build their webs, trap their prey and dangle from your ceiling is one of the strongest materials known. But it turns out it’s not simply the material’s exceptional strength that makes spider webs so resilient; it’s the material’s unusual combination of strength and stretchiness — silk’s characteristic way of first softening and then stiffening when pulled.

These properties, scientists have found, vary depending on the forces applied, as well as on the overall design of the web.

Markus Buehler, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) at MIT, has previously analyzed the complex, hierarchical structure of spider silk and its amazing strength — on a pound-for-pound basis, it’s stronger than steel. Now,

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Santiago Calatrava Valls an amazing Architect & Structural Engineer

Auditorio de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

 

Auditorio de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

“Santiago Calatrava Valls” is a Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer whose principal office is in Zürich, Switzerland. Classed now among the elite designers of the world, he has offices in Zürich, Paris, Valencia, and New York City.

Career

Calatrava’s early career was largely dedicated to bridges and train stations, whose designs elevated the status of civil engineering projects to new heights. His Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona, Spain (1991) in the heart of the 1992 Olympic site, as well as the Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto, Canada (1992), were important works and turning points in his career, leading to a wide range of commissions. The Quadracci Pavilion (2001) of the Milwaukee Art Museum was his first building in the United States. Calatrava’s entry into high-rise design began with an innovative 54-story-high twisting tower called Turning Torso (2005), located in Malmö, Sweden.

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In Creation we stand next to god. Making this world an eco friendly place to live is a tacit agreement between the prophet and civil engineers. A nearly impossible dream like this can be turned into a reality by close interactions of civil engineers’ community from all over the world.

Civil Engineering Students, MNIT, Jaipur introduces “CivilDigital.com“ as an initiative to realize the close interaction of civil community and permanently root our stand in creation.

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