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Review of form-finding methods for tensegrity structures
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics, Structural Mechanics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6802-8331
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Space Structures, ISSN 0266-3511, Vol. 26, no 3, 241-255 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Seven form-finding methods for tensegrity structures are reviewed and classified. The three kinematical methods include an analytical approach, a non-linear optimisation, and a pseudo-dynamic iteration. The four statical methods include an analytical method, the formulation of linear equations of equilibrium in terms of force densities, an energy minimisation, and a search for the equilibrium configurations of the struts of the structure connected by cables whose lengths are to be determined, using a reduced set of equilibrium equations. It is concluded that the kinematical methods are best suited to obtaining only configuration details of structures that are already essentially known. The force density method is best suited to searching for new configurations, but affords no control over the lengths of the elements of the structure. The reduced coordinates method offers a greater control on elements lengths, but requires more extensive symbolic manipulations.

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2011. Vol. 26, no 3, 241-255 p.
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Analytical approach, Analytical method, Energy minimisation, Equations of equilibria, Equilibrium configuration, Equilibrium equation, Force density, Force density methods, Form-finding, Kinematical method, Optimisations, Symbolic manipulation, Tensegrity structure
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Applied Mechanics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150759DOI: 10.1260/0266-3511.26.3.241ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80052878579OAI: diva2:744893

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