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Understanding Tensegrity with an Energy Function

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The methods of analysis of pin-jointed structures that we teach our first-year undergraduate students cannot explain why tensegrities stand up: this talk will explore a helpful complementary analysis. The talk will explore the use of a simple quadratic ‘energy function’ to model pin-jointed structures that are stressed; the function is clearly unphysical, but it is simple, and wrong in a useful way. Using the quadratic function makes is straightforward to correctly capture the stiffness of the inextensional modes of deformation in tensegrity structures that a simple analysis ignores.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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