Tensegrity Spline Beam and Grid Shell Structures

S M Adriaenssens, M R Barnes

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This paper considers a class of tensegrity structures with continuous tubular compression booms forming curved splines, which may be deployed from straight by prestressing a cable bracing system. A free-form arch structure for the support of prestressed membranes is reviewed and the concepts are extended to a two-way spanning system for double layer grid shell structures. A numerical analysis based on the Dynamic Relaxation (DR) method is developed which caters specifically for the form-finding and load analysis of this type of structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalEngineering Structures
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001


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