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Design, Fabrication and Construction of a Deployable Double-Layer Tensegrity Grid

Abstract: Deployable double-layer tensegrity grids (DDLTGs) are pre-stressed spatial frames containing two networks of tensile members forming the top and bottom chords in the form of tessellations, the nodes of which are linked by vertical and/or inclined web members in compression (usually struts) and/or in tension (usually cables), in such a way that these structures are able to be folded and unfolded. This paper presents a procedure to design, fabricate and assemble a light and inexpensive DDLTG composed of tensegrity modules Quastrut-S. A prototype 4×4 m grid structure was constructed, in a short time frame, to test the structural behavior and deployability of the DDLTG. In its folded configuration, the perimeter of the structure is less than 1.80 m, being contained in a cylinder of 0.28 m radius and 1.70 m height. The structure can therefore be easily stored, transported and erected within a short time frame, allowing it to be used as a temporary shelter, exhibition roof structure, etc.

 Fuente: Structural Engineering International, 28:1, 13-20

Editorial: © Taylor & Francis

 Fecha de publicación: 01/01/2018

Nº de páginas: 9

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.1080/10168664.2018.1431379

ISSN: 1683-0350,1016-8664

Url de la publicación: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10168664.2018.1431379?scroll=top&needAccess=true