with an eye for kite-energy
"Lets begin with the observation that
tensegrity already existed with kites. The classic Malay-Eddy
frame with its string border is pretty much Fuller's exact unit, but the
added sail is beyond Fuller. Such kites can be classed as "aerotensegrity."
~ Dave Santos
Continuous tension, discontinuous compression structures
A General Class of Tensegrity Structures: Topology and Prestress
Darrell Williamson ∗ and Robert E. Skelton, March, 2001.
- Tensegrity towers
- Lightweight space controllable structures
Optimization of Class-2 Tensegrity Towers, Milenko Masic and Robert
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Structural Systems &
University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA
- A Practical Guide to Tensegrity Design, 2nd edition, Copyright
2004-2008 by Robert William Burkhardt, Jr.,A
Practical Guide to Tensegrity Design
TENSEGRITY STRUCTURES AND THEIR APPLICATION TO ARCHITECTURE
- The 40 MB ebook is linked off page:
A great primer
on the understanding
of tensegrity can be found at this link
to the words of Robert Le Ricolais. Skip over the last post of that
month and get to the informative stuff. Good for reading on trains,
planes, and buses. The images are excerpts from a hard-to-find
interview from 'Structures Implicit and Explicit'
Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Eds. James
Bryan & Rolf Sauer). I have two copies. If your
has room for a small book shelf, I will be happy to send you one.
~ db murray
March 6, 2014
Murray, it looks like the book is fairly popularly held:
Libraries holding (enter your own
location at the page).
One copy is right next door to our brick-and-mortar. I will go check
it out. ~ JoeF
This is the place to once again note RolfL's
quest for "tensairity" via the Swiss Kite Power circles. His extension of
tensegrity incorporates carbon whiskers along inflated tubes. The Morse
Sled is a prior instance of whisker/inflated-tube tensairity, but purely
with ram-air pressure.
It has been proposed by KLG
that a kite arch operates by the tensegrity principle. The airborne arch
is the tensile part, and Earth itself is the free megascale rigid
compression part. The cleverness is that no massive spar is required to
fly, so the method scales fantastically. No other AWES concept wholly
dispenses with airborne spars while extending the principle of tensegrity
to its limit. Membrane wingmill WECS also are tensegrity based. The
pumping tensile force requires a corresponding compression medium to act
~ Dave Santos March 6, 2014
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