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Tensegrity : Structural Systems for the Future - Rene Motro

Tensegrity

Structural Systems for the Future

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Published: 9th February 2006
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The word tensegrity results from the contraction of 'tensional' and 'integrity', a word created by Richard Buckminster Fuller. He went on to describe tensegrity structures as 'islands of compression in an ocean of tension', and Rene Motro has developed a comprehensive definition which is 'systems in a stable self equilibriated system comprising a discontinuous set of compressed components inside a continuum of tensioned components'.

This publication represents the life work of a leading exponent of a revolutionary and exciting method of structural design.

* Represents the life work of a leading exponent of a revolutionary and exciting method of structural design
* Applicable to architecture as an established structural system, can also be applied to other fields
* Design professionals will be able to design better structures. Interested non-professionals will experience the great pleasure of being able to say "I understand why the Hisshorn tower stands up"

"Foldable Tensegrities is a topic unique to this book, since it is a result of the author's study for more than ten years. The information in this chapter may be helpful in research of deployable structures. In the final chapter on Actuality of Tensegrity he confirms that tensegrity is now applicable to architecture as an established structural system, while it can be applied to other fields as well." - Mamoru Kawaguchi, President of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures "I am convinced that this volume will go a long way toward making the concept, the theory and the practicalities of tensegrity much more accessible. The design professionals will be able to design better structures. The interested non-professionals will experience the great pleasure of being able to say I understand why the Hisshorn tower stands up." - Stefan J. Medwadowski, Past President of the IASS

Notationsp. vii
Preface Ip. xi
Preface IIp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
History and Definitionsp. 7
Historyp. 7
Definitionsp. 17
Conclusionp. 31
Fundamental Conceptsp. 33
Introductionp. 33
Relational structurep. 33
Geometry and stabilityp. 36
Self-stress states and mechanismsp. 43
Conclusionp. 49
Typologiesp. 51
Introductionp. 51
Typology criteria and codificationp. 52
Elementary or "spherical" cellsp. 55
Assemblies of cellsp. 70
Conclusionp. 86
Modelsp. 89
Introductionp. 89
Problems to solvep. 89
Form-findingp. 90
Self-stress and mechanismsp. 112
Self-stress qualificationp. 122
Designing tensegrity systemsp. 127
Active controlp. 139
Conclusionp. 143
Foldable Tensegritiesp. 147
Introductionp. 147
Folding principlep. 147
Foldable modulesp. 155
Foldable assembliesp. 162
Folding designp. 166
Simulation of the folding processp. 174
Modelling the contact of two strutsp. 180
Conclusionp. 187
Tensegrity: Latest and Future Developmentsp. 189
Introductionp. 189
New tensegrity gridsp. 189
Other projectsp. 205
Tensegrity as a structural principlep. 213
Conclusionp. 217
Appendicesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9781903996379
ISBN-10: 1903996376
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 9th February 2006
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55