Design methods of rhombic tensegrity structures

Feng, XiQiao, Li, Yue, Cao, Yan-Ping, Yu, Shou-Wen, & Gu, YuanTong (2010) Design methods of rhombic tensegrity structures. Acta Mechanica Sinica, 26(4), pp. 559-565.

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As a special type of novel flexible structures, tensegrity holds promise for many potential applications in such fields as materials science, biomechanics, civil and aerospace engineering. Rhombic systems are an important class of tensegrity structures, in which each bar constitutes the longest diagonal of a rhombus of four strings. In this paper, we address the design methods of rhombic structures based on the idea that many tensegrity structures can be constructed by assembling one-bar elementary cells. By analyzing the properties of rhombic cells, we first develop two novel schemes, namely, direct enumeration scheme and cell-substitution scheme. In addition, a facile and efficient method is presented to integrate several rhombic systems into a larger tensegrity structure. To illustrate the applications of these methods, some novel rhombic tensegrity structures are constructed.

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ID Code: 34158
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Tensegrity, Structural design, Assembling method, Flexible structure
DOI: 10.1007/s10409-010-0351-6
ISSN: 0567-7718
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation (091307)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2010 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:15

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