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Vol. 47 (2006) No. 1 April n. 150


The Application of Nonlinear Programming to the Design and Validation of Tensegrity Structures with Special Attention to Skew Prisms

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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. 47 (2006) No. 1 April n. 150
  • Pages: 3-15
  • Title: The Application of Nonlinear Programming to the Design and Validation of Tensegrity Structures with Special Attention to Skew Prisms
  • Author(s): R. Burkhardt
  • Keywords: tensegrity, floating compression, validation, skew, prism, nonlinear programming, design
Abstract
The application of nonlinear programming to the validation and design of floating-compression tensegrity structures is motivated and described. A design for a skew three-prism is validated using nonlinear programming. A general and simple nonlinear programming method for designing skew prisms is described. The method is applied to the design of a skew three-prism. Validation of a design for a skew four-prism fails. Alternatives for fixing the design are explored. Nonlinear programming problem solutions indicate that skew prisms with equilateral ends can be designed using simple non-iterative closed-form formulas.

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