Six Wildcat engineering students studying at the University of Arizona Global Phnom Penh campus participated in a tensegrity experiment for their CE 333 Structural Analysis class. Tensegrity, or tensional integrity, is the property of a 3D structure consisting of elements both under tension and not. For their experiment, the students constructed a module out of six struts of pipeline tubing. The three-meter struts were connected with mountain climbing rope and turnbuckle screw hooks to adjust the tension. The goal of the team was to create a unique connection between the beauty of architecture and the precision of civil engineering.
The model is currently at the American University of Phnom Penh campus and will be used in future structural engineering classes as a mock-up for tensile strength demonstration and research.
The participating students were Chan Ek Indraprokorb, Pa Victor, Banh Chhouhan, Yin Ya Ponleu, In Mowinsophat and Someil Vichetsocare, led by lecturer Štefan Tkáč.