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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Tension & Membrane Structures

Form-finding of human spine inspired biotensegrity

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Tension & Membrane Structures
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Form-finding of human spine inspired biotensegrity
  • Author(s): Chai Lian Oh, Kok Keong Choong, Toku Nishimura, Jae-Yeol Kim
  • Keywords: biotensegrity, tensegrity mast, human spine, self-equilibrium state
Abstract
Biotensegrity is a concept introduced to study interaction of forces within biological systems at microscopic and macroscopic levels. Past studies have claimed that human spine has superior load bearing capacity due to mechanical interaction between the vertebrae column and the surrounding tensional muscles. However, mathematical proof of a biotensegrity model representing human spine is yet to be established. The objectives of this paper are to: (a) develop a biotensegrity model mimicking human spine architecture and (b) establish an algorithm for form-finding of the biotensegrity model inspired by the human spine. The idea of tensegrity mast incorporating all characteristic feature of human spine which is used in the development of the human spine inspired biotensegrity model is presented. The iterative process used in form-finding process for the human spine inspired biotensegrity model is also described.

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