Towards a form-finding process for damage-Tolerant tensegrity structures

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Abstract

Tensegrity structures have been applied in various fields in science and engineering. In civil engineering, tensegrity structures have been used to construct lightweight yet strong structures, while in aerospace applications, it has been shown that tensegrity systems have great potential for active applications such as planetary exploration. Therefore, active tensegrity systems have been under investigation for small, light-weight, and low-cost missions. However, the robustness or damage tolerance of a tensegrity structure is a function of its inherent self-equilibrated pre-stress states. Although research into tensegrity systems has resulted in reliable techniques for their form-finding and analysis, no technique has been found previously that integrates damage tolerance as an input or output parameter. This paper reflects an effort to integrate damage tolerance in the form-finding process of tensegrity structures through a bio-inspired approach that combines topology definition and form finding.

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)
Pages900-909
Number of pages10
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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