Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

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Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby MadCow2357 » May 24th, 2018, 12:59 pm

Discussion for Boomilevers 2018-2019 until bernard posts the official forum next (I guess?).

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It seems that elite teams use combinations of bass and balsa when building their Boomilevers, according to the wiki and Aia's Boomilever Guide. Is that really the way to go, or is all balsa still better? :?:
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Re: Boomilevers 2019

Postby Unome » May 24th, 2018, 1:00 pm

It's probably closer than in other builds. Some teams used bass for the lower tension member in bridges in 2015 and 2016, so I expect a similar situation here, with some teams using bass and others using balsa.
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Re: Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby MadCow2357 » May 24th, 2018, 1:06 pm

I used a balsa tension strap this year for towers, 0.4g per 12", and it was completely fine until my Nationals Tower :roll: . And that breakage was actually from "blow out" as dholdgreve referred to it as, because the balsa did not break in the usual way.

So I assume the my boom should be fine with all balsa, except for the base/mounting section? :?:
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Re: Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby MadCow2357 » May 24th, 2018, 1:18 pm

And by the way, I used an elevated bridge tower design this year if you were curious.
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Re: Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby FermiGod » May 24th, 2018, 1:23 pm

And by the way, I used an elevated bridge tower design this year if you were curious.
I think it would be best to wait till September to start building. It would be a waste to start a boomilever then realize that it doesn’t have the right specs.

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Re: Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby Unome » May 24th, 2018, 2:52 pm

And by the way, I used an elevated bridge tower design this year if you were curious.
I think it would be best to wait till September to start building. It would be a waste to start a boomilever then realize that it doesn’t have the right specs.
I would definitely recommend building over the summer to get some experience with how boomilevers work, especially since the devices for structural events are single-use.
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Re: Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby MadCow2357 » May 24th, 2018, 4:09 pm

I was thinking the same thing as you, Unome. I will probably build according to the 2012-2013 Boomilever B rules, since I can access those online (I believe). The real question is, how will I construct a testing base that will be good for next year's rules? I know Boomilever testing apparatuses are definitely not the same as Tower testing apparatuses :(

As an unrelated side note, I would also like to know how much you guys spend each season (building events). My team does not receive too much funding from the school (for individual events), and my partner and I have paid at least $700 this season out of pocket. Such an expensive hobby :cry: . Hopefully our principal will reimburse part of our spendings this year with our leftover National's money.
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Re: Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby waffletree » May 24th, 2018, 6:08 pm

I was thinking the same thing as you, Unome. I will probably build according to the 2012-2013 Boomilever B rules, since I can access those online (I believe). The real question is, how will I construct a testing base that will be good for next year's rules? I know Boomilever testing apparatuses are definitely not the same as Tower testing apparatuses :(

As an unrelated side note, I would also like to know how much you guys spend each season (building events). My team does not receive too much funding from the school (for individual events), and my partner and I have paid at least $700 this season out of pocket. Such an expensive hobby :cry: . Hopefully our principal will reimburse part of our spendings this year with our leftover National's money.
Woah that’s a lot! Is it just for towers? or everything in general?
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Re: Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby TheChiScientist » May 24th, 2018, 7:29 pm

Being a packrat can be a good thing at times. ;) (I should know :D )
I know that somewhere on the forums there is a link for a free Boomilever simulation...
Does anyone have it or can the recommend a free alternative as I don't have access to school resources currently?
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Re: Boomilevers 2019 (B/C)

Postby Cow481 » May 24th, 2018, 7:46 pm

Do you know which year it is from? I could try to find it
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