The Secret of the Lightweight Panel

Solly Angel

in The Tale of the Scale

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195158687
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849826 | DOI:
The Secret of the Lightweight Panel

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Solly Angel passed through Yokohama, Japan to address a regional conference on the role of government in housing. He wanted to talk to his engineer friend, Jens Overgaard, about what he discovered when he met with Harry Jones. He told him that he had recently realized that the thin-scale problem boiled down to answering three questions: the plate question, the load cell question, and the electronics question. He also explained that the quarter-inch plates that they tried in New England were either too heavy or, if not too heavy, too weak to resist deflection under load. He then asked Overgaard the plate question and he simply replied, “a sandwich structure” and then proceeded to explain what he meant. This structure is uniquely suited to the construction of lightweight panels that are subjected to bending loads. Some parts for a new prototype were made, putting the sandwich plate idea into practice for the first time, but some of the high-tech materials needed were not readily available, so the new prototype would have to wait for the return to New York.

Keywords: plate question; sandwich structure; Jens Overgaard; Harry Jones; lightweight panel; bending load; prototype; sandwich plate; Solly Angel

Chapter.  3361 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Innovation

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