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A Software Tool for Simulating Motions and Loading in Planar Tensegrity Structures

[+] Author Affiliations
Carl A. Nelson

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Paper No. DETC2014-34314, pp. V05BT08A088; 5 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2014-34314
From:
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5B: 38th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4637-7
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME

abstract

Tensegrity structures are unique in the sense that they tend to be overconstrained as mechanisms, yet they can be mobile due to the elastic nature of their tensile elements. The ability to easily visualize these motion properties would help designers to create new and useful tensegrity mechanisms. In this paper, a simple and interactive computational tool with a graphical user interface is presented for visualizing loading and displacements in tensegrity structures. This tool can also be extended for use with traditional static structures, including both determinate and indeterminate structures, as well as mechanisms.

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