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Vol. 43 (2002) No. 3 December n. 140

Light-Weight Self-Stressed System or Tensegrity

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 43 (2002) No. 3 December n. 140
  • Pages: 179-185
  • Title: Light-Weight Self-Stressed System or Tensegrity
  • Author(s): M. Saidani and E. Remise
  • Keywords: Tensegrity, Self-Stressed Systems, Tension Structures.
The word tensegrity is a contraction of tensional integrity. In simple structural terms, tensegrity systems are self-stressed pin-jointed networks. Each node receives at least one strut (compression member) and three cables (tension members). Tension members are thus prestressed against adjoining compression members. This is a pure form of tensegrity where only compression and tension members co-exist to form free-standing structures requiring minimum anchorage system compared with conventional types of structures. Double layer tensegrity systems are interesting because the compression members are relatively short, making the network quite rigid and compact. In the non-prestressed state, the system could be easily deployed. The present paper reviews limited research so far conducted at Coventry University on double layer tensegrity networks. It also reviews future directions in research into this fascinating field that has yet to be fully explored and exploited to find proper applications for it in the civil engineering discipline

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