Baku, April 28, AZERTAC
At the turn of this year, students from Eindhoven University of Technology constructed a replica of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in ice, according to gizmag.com. Next up, they're turning their attention to a bridge designed by Leonardo da Vinci. If successfully completed, it will have the longest open span ever built from ice.
According to the university, the current record for the longest such span is held by the first project it ran as part of its Structural Ice program. The Pykrete Dome was built in 2014 and had a span of 30 m. The aim for the da Vinci Bridge in Ice is for a span of 50 m.
Pykrete is a mixture of ice reinforced with wood or paper fibers, used to construct the Structural Ice projects. It is said to be three times stronger than plain ice and a lot tougher. The overall aim of the projects is to show how pykrete can be used as a building material for temporary structures.
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