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Static Analysis of Tensegrity Structures

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Carl D. Crane, Joseph Duffy

Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, P.O. Box 116300, Gainesville, FL 32611

Julio C. Correa

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, P.O. Box 56006, Medellin, Colombia

J. Mech. Des 127(2), 257-268 (Mar 25, 2005) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1804194 History: Received June 09, 2003; Revised March 17, 2004; Online March 25, 2005
Copyright © 2005 by ASME
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Nomenclature for tensegrity structures. (a) Components; (b) strut ends.
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Degrees-of-freedom associated with one of the struts of a tensegrity structure. (a) Arbitrary position on the strut; (b) strut modeled as a universal joint.
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Location of the external force acting on the strut j
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External moments applied to one of the struts of a tensegrity structure
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Free body diagram for an arbitrary strut modeled with a universal joint
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Unloaded and final equilibrium position for the structure of example 1
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Free body diagram for the second strut of the structure of example 1 in the last position
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Directions of the external moments for the structure of example 2
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Unloaded and final equilibrium position for the structure of example 2
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Free body diagram for the fourth strut of example 2 in the last position
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Free body diagram of an arbitrary strut
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Unprestressed and final positions for the structure
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Free body diagram for the second strut in the final position

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