Granular Jamming Furniture Design

SPACEJAM! / Fall 2018

Type/

Collaborative Furniture Design

Members/

Yuheng Zhu, Xiaohang Yan, Kevin Huberty, Zoe De Simone, Catherine Breen, Theresa Bracht (Aerospace Engineering), Zachary Capel (Aerospace Engineering)

Personal contribution includes material behavior test, design development, final prototype design, and assembly.

 

SPACEJAM! is a piece of transformable furniture that’s easily customized and potentially usable in extreme environments. It is an innovative design application of granular jamming, a phenomenon that a volume of dry particulate can transform from fluid-like behavior to solid-like behavior under pressure.

This interdisciplinary independent study was achieved under the joint effort of five architecture students and two aerospace engineering students. It’s a great pleasure to participate in broadening people’s horizons in the design discipline, and I enjoy examining problems from their perspective as well.

Granular Jamming Behavior Test

Granular Jamming

A phenomenon that a volume of dry particulate can transform from fluid-like behavior to solid-like behavior under pressure.

Furniture Prototype

The furniture prototype is comprised of an inner “jammable” plastic membrane filled with poly-fill pellets and a durable slipcover, color-coded for ease of operation.