#2232: TreeWheeler

In a conventional spoked wheel, most of the stress is concentrated where spokes meet rim.

One solution is to beef-up the outer ends of the spokes, but this boosts the moment of inertia enormously, overcoming any benefit from the use of lightweight alloy, for example.

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Today’s invention is therefore to manufacture wheels which have a strong but lightweight, triangular mesh of spokes near the outer edge.

The form that these wheels might take is indicated above and is based on a Wolfram Demonstrations Project.

This kind of fractal-based design allows for a more effective distribution of stress and might be made relatively easily by additive manufacture using a 3D sintering machine (if they can do gearwheels then roadwheels should also be feasible).