A software tool for simulating motions and loading in planar tensegrity structures

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication38th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791846377
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2014 - Buffalo, United States
Duration: Aug 17 2014Aug 20 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume5B

Other

OtherASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2014
CountryUnited States
CityBuffalo
Period8/17/148/20/14

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Nelson, C. A. (2014). A software tool for simulating motions and loading in planar tensegrity structures. In 38th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 5B). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC201434314