Innovative Families of Double-Layer Tensegrity Grids: Quastruts and Sixstruts

Valentin Gomez-Jauregui, Cesar Otero, Ruben Arias, Cristina Manchado
2013 Journal of Structural Engineering  
5 Double-layer tensegrity grids (DLTG) are spatial reticulated systems based on tensegrity principles, 6 which have been studied in detail over recent years. The most important investigations have been 7 carried out focusing on a short list of tensegrity grids. This paper explains with real examples how 8 to use Rot-Umbela Manipulations, a unique technique developed for generating innovative 9 typologies of tensegrity structures. It is applied to two already existing tensegrity grids in order
more » ... 10 obtain two new DLTGs. Their analysis permits us to identify, inside these novel grids, the modules 11 that compose them which were unknown until now. A brief description of these components is 12 provided, as well as some information about their static analysis, e.g. states of self-stress and 13 internal mechanisms. These novel modules belong to a family, all of them with similar 14 characteristics in terms of geometry and topology, and can be used to generate a wide catalogue 15 of DLTGs. Some examples of new grids are presented, describing the methodology on how to 16 obtain many more models for other designers interested in creating and studying innovative 17 DLTGs. 18
doi:10.1061/(asce)st.1943-541x.0000739 fatcat:eqx2vs4s6vdv7mkgvwfdezh4ma