The train configuration
One of the key features necessary for a seasteading concept is its “unlimited extensibility” it can grow on the watersurface just like a land based City grows into the surrounding fields.
This is a key feature as growth is necessary to assure the future development of the floating city.
Growth in a triangular ram-shape bow concept is taking place in the arms. It has been mentioned that the arms need to have a train configuration. This configuration allows to add pieces as the development of the City requires more and more space.
Modularity has been discussed in other threads in the context of LEGO style snap fit sistems and tiling concepts that have some kind of “connectors” train knockles have been discussed in earlier discussions. But at the end nothing is better than the things used in the marine industry today. Connections do not need to be re invented, they are all around us and in dayly use - rope and tires give flexibility any boat owner knows how to use them to create the kind of connections that allow the required properties of movement and connection.
If you think of a matrix printing process you find that each droplet of the building material delivered by the printer is “connected to earlier droplets” by adhesion without the need of connectors or bolts that bolt the modules together to a solid piece.
In some way matrix printing is modular building - making the modules small (drop size) and skipping the connectors - so compared to LEGO it is much more sophisticated easier and universal. It keeps the infinite expandability of the building process which is the good thing and avoids connectors which is the bad thing.
Matrix Printing has a model in nature where cells (modules) come together to build something much bigger. A 200 ton whale body can be created in a continuous growth process from a single microsopic cell.
In our building process we have a sistem of shoe box sized cells that can connected and be added without the use of connectors in all directions in a freeforming process.
If you google it up | Search Term : “floating light honeycomb cement composite construction” | you can find examples how this applies for floating cities .
It allows light shell structures, truss structures, in any shape and weight class you can imagine.
If you want to see a picture of a cellular structure try this google search
This kind of structures are not “code conform” we therefore don´t see them frequently in our land cities - a floating city operates in a code free space - seasteading is not only a door-opener for new politics - it is also a accelerator for new technology.
Part of the cellular expansion principle is explained in this TSI thread