Super Glue, Spaghetti, and Model Engineering

April 14, 2014 by Leave a reply »
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Super Glue Spaghetti Engineering Models

[Photo and Article Credit: Australian Broadcasting Corporation]

We came across this story from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia and thought it was a novel twist on the use of Super Glue for model making. Engineering students participating in the university’s annual spaghetti bridge competition were given a challenging task: create the strongest platform possible using nothing but spaghetti, Super Glue, string, and a small aluminum ballast plate. The results were pretty creative.

Civil engineer Robert Kleijn, pictured above, said, “The super glue weakens the spaghetti so you use as little as possible.” We know that the product was never designed to bond food stuffs, so we’re inclined to take his word for it. Still, this seems like one of the most creative models you can build with Super Glue. The spaghetti can be cut to any length and arranged in any pattern you can dream of. Tie it together with string at strategic points to provide tension, and you have a new bridge or Ferris wheel for the kids to play with.

The structures built by these future engineers had to hold five kilograms, but we think your kids will have just as much fun with less sturdy construction projects. Try it out and let us know what you think.


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