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Minimal mass design of tensegrity structures
Author(s): Kenji Nagase; R. E. Skelton
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Paper Abstract

This paper provides a unified framework for minimal mass design of tensegrity systems. For any given configuration and any given set of external forces, we design force density (member force divided by length) and cross-section area to minimize the structural mass subject to an equilibrium condition and a maximum stress constraint. The answer is provided by a linear program. Stability is assured by a positive definite stiffness matrix. This condition is described by a linear matrix inequality. Numerical examples are shown to illustrate the proposed method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9061, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2014, 90610W (8 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2044869
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Kenji Nagase, Wakayama Univ. (Japan)
R. E. Skelton, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9061:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2014
Jerome P. Lynch; Kon-Well Wang; Hoon Sohn, Editor(s)

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