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Building stable tensegrities for engineering applications

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Tensegrity structures have been extensively studied over the last years due to their potential applications in modern engineering like metamaterials, deployable structures, planetary lander modules, etc. Many of the form-finding methods proposed continue to produce structures with one or more soft/swinging modes. These modes have been vividly highlighted and outlined as the grounds for these structures to be unsuitable as engineering structures. This work proposes a relationship between the number of rods and strings to satisfy the full-rank convexity criterion as a part of the form-finding process. Using the proposed form-finding process for the famous three-rod tensegrity, the work proposes an alternative three-rod ten-string that is stable. The work demonstrates that the stable tensegrities suitable for engineering are feasible and can be designed.

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