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JournalISSN: 0956-0599

International Journal of Space Structures 

SAGE Publishing
About: International Journal of Space Structures is an academic journal published by SAGE Publishing. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Truss & Tensegrity. It has an ISSN identifier of 0956-0599. Over the lifetime, 738 publications have been published receiving 9419 citations.


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TL;DR: In this paper, seven form-finding methods for tensegrity structures are reviewed and classified, and it is concluded that the kinematical methods are best suited to obtaining only configuration details of structures that are already essentially known.
Abstract: Seven form-finding methods for tensegrity structures are reviewed and classified. The three kinematical methods include an analytical approach, a non-linear optimisation, and a pseudo-dynamic iteration. The four statical methods include an analytical method, the formulation of linear equations of equilibrium in terms of force densities, an energy minimisation, and a search for the equilibrium configurations of the struts of the structure connected by cables whose lengths are to be determined, using a reduced set of equilibrium equations. It is concluded that the kinematical methods are best suited to obtaining only configuration details of structures that are already essentially known. The force density method is best suited to searching for new configurations, but affords no control over the lengths of the elements of the structure. The reduced coordinates method offers a greater control on elements lengths, but requires more extensive symbolic manipulations.

421 citations

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Mike Barnes1
TL;DR: In this article, numerical procedures based on the method of dynamic relaxation with kinetic damping are described for the form finding, analysis and fabrication patterning of wide-span cable nets and grid shells, uniform or variably prestressed fabric membranes and battened membrane roofs.
Abstract: The paper describes numerical procedures, based on the method of dynamic relaxation with kinetic damping, for the form finding, analysis and fabrication patterning of wide-span cable nets and grid shells, uniform or variably prestressed fabric membranes and battened membrane roofs. The historical development of the method is briefly reviewed and a full description is then given which accounts for cable or strut elements, membrane elements and spline beam elements. All of these elements are implemented in their natural stiffness form allowing for gross geometrical and material non-linearities, with automatic controls to ensure stablility and convergence of the method.

405 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, seven form-finding methods for tensegrity structures are reviewed and classified, and it is concluded that the kinematical methods are best suited to obtaining only configuration details of structures that are already essentially known.
Abstract: Seven form-finding methods for tensegrity structures are reviewed and classified. The three kinematical methods include an analytical approach, a non-linear optimisation, and a pseudo-dynamic iteration. The four statical methods include an analytical method, the formulation of linear equations of equilibrium in terms of force densities, an energy minimisation, and a search for the equilibrium configurations of the struts of the structure connected by cables whose lengths are to be determined, using a reduced set of equilibrium equations. It is concluded that the kinematical methods are best suited to obtaining only configuration details of structures that are already essentially known. The force density method is best suited to searching for new configurations, but affords no control over the lengths of the elements of the structure. The reduced coordinates method offers a greater control on elements lengths, but requires more extensive symbolic manipulations.

278 citations

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TL;DR: The article describes the state of the art of tensegrity systems, which are space structures of a special nature and their industrial use has not yet been fully developed, and identifies the main contributions of researchers encouraging the designing.
Abstract: Tensegrity systems are space structures of a special nature and their industrial use has not yet been fully developed. The article describes the state of the art. The systems examined are geometric...

164 citations

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Hiroshi Furuya1
TL;DR: In this paper, a concept of deployable tense-grity space structures in future aerospace activities is proposed to avoid some difficulties of conventional deployable space structures, and the fundamental geometrical constraints of these structures are discussed.
Abstract: This paper proposes a concept of deployable tensegrity space structures in future aerospace activities to avoid some difficulties of conventional deployable space structures. The fundamental geomet...

160 citations

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