An interdisciplinary undergraduate research studio on tensegrity systems for shape control and locomotion through simulation and physical rapid prototyping

L. Rhode-Barbarigos, J. Park, J. Flores

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Abstract

The general perception around structures and architecture has changed with recent advances in active structural control, advanced computing, and parametric design. Through the integration of active elements, structures can now become dynamic objects capable of interacting with complex environments; a vital feature for structures in extreme environments as well as for planet exploration and base/settlement. Tensegrity structures are lightweight, materially and mechanically efficient systems that can combine actuators with structural elements. Although the form-finding and analysis of tensegrity structures has received significant interest and various control solutions have been successfully identified, the link between the topology and actuation mode employed with the desired performance/behavior of tensegrity structures has not yet been properly addressed. Therefore, a summer research studio with undergraduate engineering and architecture students was organized to investigate the performance of various tensegrity systems for shape control and locomotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEarth and Space 2018
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering for Extreme Environments - Proceedings of the 16th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments
EditorsRamesh B. Malla, Robert K. Goldberg, Alaina Dickason Roberts
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages933-943
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784481899
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments, Earth and Space 2018 - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Apr 9 2018Apr 12 2018

Publication series

NameEarth and Space 2018: Engineering for Extreme Environments - Proceedings of the 16th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments

Conference

Conference16th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments, Earth and Space 2018
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period4/9/184/12/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Engineering

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