Microkinetics
Re-thinking Silicone





— Silicone in Macro, Meso and Micro Scales of Structure —

The Opportunity (New Methods & Applications).

Process Mapping.


            Based on the ‘thinking through making’ approach, this project explored three scales of structure — macro, meso and micro, and how Silicone gel behaves under varied loads and pressure. New structure and formations were discovered by continuously testing the properties and qualities of Silicone gel and examining its thickness whilst scientifically timing its forming process.


Test Rig.
Formation.

Angular Extrusion.
Angular Extrusion.

Angular Extrusion Elevation.
Angular Extrusion Plan.

Vertical Extrusion.


Patterned Extrusion.

Experiments.

Applications.


Organisation + [Credits]
    Imperial College London, [Idrees Rasouli]

Role + [Team Size]
    Design & Innovation Lead, [3]

Date + [Duration of Involvement]
    2012, [1 week]

Client + [Project Location]
    University College London, [London, UK]

Status + [Project Type]
    Exploratory, [New Product Innovation]

Brief + [Challenge]
    Re-thinking Silicone, [Experimental]

Collaborators [Research & Design]
    Project Team (Jenny Shih, Martin Jaere)



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