The open 3-D geometry creates a regular, stable matrices with increased internal “active” surface area, capable of being “loaded” with functional elements. These elements can include: chemical ‘beads,’ wired or wireless addressable locations, circuitry, lighting/heating elements, solar cells, seeds, phase-change materials, and barrier layers.
Response to applied stress is one of local deformation while maintaining global stiffness due to integrity of compression/tension synergy within the material. Toughness and permeability are not compromised.
Internal interconnecting matrix can be bias-positioned to create an intrinsic and interpenetrating ‘torsion box’ microstructure providing exceptional robustness to torsion and shear forces.
The geometry overrides conventional limitations on inherent stiffness or flexibility! A precisely defined flexibility and/or expansion “gradient” or “zone” can be created across a single plank or sheet in any plane or combination of planes. A wide range of non-homogenous characteristics can be custom-engineered within a single product even when manufactured of a homogenous material, making product performance local and site-specific.
Omni-directional control of material and size enables customized, integrated “hybrid” solutions using components of differing raw materials. Material/product design can be implemented in virtually any category and combination of materials (plastics, metals, textiles, wood products).
The Flextegrity geometry’s multi-axial tensile network dramatically reduces the slippage and shear that can plague conventional slope stabilization techniques. A single, fully-integrated slab not only substitutes for traditional time-intensive, complicated multi-material methods, but overcomes many of their structural, installation, and durability deficiencies.