University of Girona

Universitat de Girona
Catalonia, Spain

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Mathematical modelling of the human towers

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The Coordinator of the Colles Castelleres de Catalunya with researchers from different Catalan and foreign universities use applied research for forming human towers.  

Security is a key element in the construction of human towers. To build towers safely it is crucial to understand the mechanisms that allow a castle to be built, maintained and, of course, the factors that can cause it to fall. This work is part of a larger project, proposed by the Coordinator of Colles Castelleres de Catalunya (Human Towers of Catalonia), whose ultimate goal is to determine the area around the base of the tower where the people are most likely to fall when the tower collapses. To get to this point, however, we must first understand the mechanical factors that allow us to build and maintain a tower, those that cause a fall and, finally, understand how, when and where the people forming the tower fall once its structure has broken.

This project arose from the joint collaboration of the Coordinator of the Colles Castelleres de Catalunya with researchers (mathematicians and engineers, some of them participants in human tower groups) from different Catalan and foreign universities.

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