"Buckliball" could lead to future buildings with collapsible walls

A team of engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University were inspired by a collapsible, spherical toy to develop the "buckliball," a hollow, rubber spherical structure that incorporates buckling and features no moving parts. “In civil engineering, buckling is commonly associated with failure that must be avoided," researcher Pedro Reis said. The buckliball, which can be used to develop large buildings with collapsible walls or roofs, "may also be used as a building block for creating new materials with unusual properties, capable of dramatic contraction in all directions,” said Katia Bertoldi of Harvard University.

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