Effective stiffness properties of n-strut cylindrical tensegrity towers

Kaan Yildiz, George A. Lesieutre

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In this paper, effective stiffness properties of n-strut cylindrical tensegrity towers are obtained and compared. Such properties are essential in the evaluation of suitability for specific applications. Long tensegrity towers for space applications can be modeled as beam-like structures, and axial, bending, shear and torsional stiffness properties can be used to make comparisons between alternatives to determine the optimum for a mission. Continuum beam model counterparts of tensegrity towers are obtained based on an energy equivalency approach to determine effective stiffness properties. Self-stress levels are increased to observe their influence on these effective stiffness properties. Mechanics of tensegrity structures and nonlinear static analysis procedure are explained. The obtained effective stiffness properties are also validated with nonlinear finite element analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Spacecraft Structures
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105302
StatePublished - 2018
EventAIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2018Jan 12 2018

Publication series

NameAIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 2018


ConferenceAIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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