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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(5), 787; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8050787

Inherent Properties of Smart Tensegrity Structures

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw 00-637, Poland
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Received: 8 April 2018 / Revised: 7 May 2018 / Accepted: 11 May 2018 / Published: 15 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Mechanical Engineering)
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Abstract

The present paper discusses different aspects of the structural control of smart systems with a focus on tensegrity structures. Special attention is paid to unique features of tensegrity systems, referred to by the authors as inherent, which are induced by infinitesimal mechanisms that are balanced with self-stress states. The following inherent properties are defined: self-control, self-diagnosis, self-repair and self-adjustment (active control). All these features are thoroughly described and illustrated on a series of analyses performed on numerical models of various tensegrity systems. The presented examples of the analyses of different tensegrity modules and multi-module structures show that it is possible to control their properties by adjusting the pre-stressing forces. Moreover, it is proven that the adjustment of self-stress forces in a tensegrity system allows one to repair the damaged structure by compensating the damaged member. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart structures; tensegrity; self-control; self-diagnosis; self-repair; self-adjustment; active control; inherent properties smart structures; tensegrity; self-control; self-diagnosis; self-repair; self-adjustment; active control; inherent properties
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Al Sabouni-Zawadzka, A.; Gilewski, W. Inherent Properties of Smart Tensegrity Structures. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 787.

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