Lego Brick Yield Strength

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Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Yogi » 17 May 2013, 23:28

Take your standard issue 2x2 Lego block and build up upon it. How many blocks would it take piled up before the bottom one started to cave? The surprising answer is 375,000 blocks pile up 2.17 miles high.

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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby pilvikki » 18 May 2013, 03:41


A team of researchers from the Open University in the UK decided to settle speculation


a team?

of researchers?

that's called TMT!

i mean, seriously.... :doh:

it would have been fun reading about a highschool kid getting bored and figuring that out in between texting her pals, but a team of researchers...?
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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Yogi » 18 May 2013, 06:53

If you think that's a waste of time, get this. Open University is a "distant learning" school. That means it's part time and off campus education. And, I'm not even sure there is a campus.
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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Ice.Maiden » 18 May 2013, 21:56

The Lego fact could have some relevance for future building purposes. Following the manner in which the blocks are held together, it might be possible to build a sturdy structure to a comparative height.
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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Yogi » 20 May 2013, 07:39

So ... are you saying you would live in a house made of Leggo's :?:
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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Ice.Maiden » 20 May 2013, 18:33

No, but it might not be a bad idea. The plastic material'd be cheaper than bricks and mortar, lighter to transport, and laid on a firm heavy base'd make a tough structure. You could also use blocks in various colours, build to a good height - and the build should be waterproof! Obviously the blocks'd be much larger than ordinary Lego pieces, but I think some good ideas could germinate from that type of building method.
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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Yogi » 21 May 2013, 06:44

My understanding is that the building codes in England are obsessed with the idea of homes that are not made of wood. It's less of a fire hazard that way, but there is another benefit. Should a fire break out the basic structure remains in tact. With a Leggo house, the building would melt into a pool of plastic and probably emit such toxic fumes that the entire village would have to be evacuated.
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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Ice.Maiden » 21 May 2013, 08:11

Yes, obviously that's a point of consideration, but I imagine that the blocks could be insulated/covered with a fireproof material. The Lego blocks wouldn't necessarily be made of plastic like the ones we know, but the method of building could be taken from Lego construction. You'd have tight seams between the blocks, and there'd be no need to do any pointing up when mortar crumbled away, because there wouldn't be any there to begin with. It's the idea of how the Lego bricks are actually pushed into each other which I could see as a future way of building.

As for homes made of timber over here, new builds are often constructed in this manner, but not where developers put up housing estates. Some homes have timber cladding on the front, but due to maintenance because of our lousy weather, bricks or breeze blocks are preferred.

A friend of ours had a lovely home built, using green oak. This's now weathered and looks beautiful, but purpose-built homes like that'd be too expensive to erect on housing estates, and the "timber look" isn't to everyone's taste.
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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Yogi » 24 May 2013, 10:34

Speaking of things to do with Leggos ... http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/unexpe ... -creations
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Re: Lego Brick Yield Strength

Postby Ice.Maiden » 24 May 2013, 13:33

Wow!! Brilliant. Love the camera, the fan and the camper van, as we call them! :cool2:
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