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Tensegrity Systems

Authors: Skelton, Robert E., de Oliveira, Mauricio

  • Addresses the design of tensegrity structures using analytical tools
  • Discusses and integrates four major topics in a combined framework: structural design, control design, sensor/actuator placement, and sensor/actuator selection
  • Details the rules for filling space (tesselation) with self-similar structures that guarantee a specific mechanical property (minimal mass subject to a specific strength and stiffness constraint)
  • Covers the applications of tensegrity systems: in Deployable solar arrays, large mirrors and antennas, wings without hinges, robotic systems without joints and string lightweight columns, walls, bridges, and buildings.
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Tensegrity Systems discusses analytical tools to design energy efficient and lightweight structures employing the concept of "tensegrity." This word is Buckminister Fuller's contraction of the words "Tensile" and "Integrity," which suggests that integrity or, as we would say, stability of the structure comes from tension. In a tensegrity structure the rigid bodies (the bars), might not have any contact, thus providing extraordinary freedom to control shape, by controlling only tendons. Tensegrity Systems covers both static and dynamic analysis of special tensegrity structural concepts, which are motivated by biological material architecture.

Drawing upon years of practical experience and using numerous examples and illustrative applications, Robert Skelton and Mauricio C. de Oliveira discuss:

The design of tensegrity structures using analytical tools

The integration of tensegrity systems into a combined framework including structural design and control design

The rules for filling space (tesselation) with self-similar structures that guarantee a specific mechanical property are provided

Tensegrity Systems will be of interest to all engineers who design or control light-weight structures, including deployable and robotic structures, and shape controllable structures. Also, Engineers interested in the study of advanced dynamics will find new and useful algorithms for multibody systems.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction and Motivation

    Skelton, Prof Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-44

  • Analysis of Static Tensegrity Structures

    Skelton, Prof Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 45-72

  • Design of Compressive Structures

    Skelton, Prof Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 73-128

  • Design of Bending Structures

    Skelton, Prof Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 129-155

  • Analysis of Tensegrity Dynamics

    Skelton, Prof Robert E. (et al.)

    Pages 157-178

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eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-74242-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-0-387-74241-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-4491-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tensegrity Systems
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-74242-7
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-74242-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-74241-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4491-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 216
Number of Illustrations
60 b/w illustrations
Topics