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Geodesic Dome grid

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 6:27 pm
by paulriley
Most designs of Grid I have seen use the "longitude and latitude structure"
Has anyone tried a series of hexagons to make a "buckminister Fullerine" type structure? The electric field would then be symetrical and golf ball in shape.

Re: Geodesic Dome grid

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 9:24 pm
by Richard Hull
Farnsworth had several of those hexagonal networked "bucky" spheres in his systems in the 60's. I have seen images of them.

Richard Hull

Re: Geodesic Dome grid

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:03 pm
by paulriley
Not seen these. What was their performance like?

Re: Geodesic Dome grid

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2004 8:21 pm
by Richard Hull
According to Gene Meeks and Bob Hirsch, effectively, zero difference in realized output with the fanciest and most beautifully constructed grids.

Univ. of Wisc. claims better focusing with a latitude-longitude banded grid.

Richard Hull

Re: Geodesic Dome grid

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2004 8:08 pm
by paulriley
The univ of Wisc. site is not clear on what they compare the latitude-longitude grid with.
I would like to see some results that are more convincing than just arm waving.

Re: Geodesic Dome grid

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2004 10:15 pm
by Richard Hull
Sorry, that's all they have on that topic. I am sure we would appreciate a complete review from anyone wishing to re-undertake the task of multigrid design and testing.

Richard Hull

Re: Geodesic Dome grid

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2004 6:21 pm
by paulriley
Happy to do the design if someone wants to do the testing :-)