An efficient numerical method is developed to analyze the mechanical responses of tensegrity structures subjected to various actuations that lead to large and highly nonlinear (e.g., hardening or softening) deformations. The proposed method, whose accuracy and efficacy are demonstrated through a number of representative examples, holds promise for applications in design, analysis, and safety evaluations of large-scale tensegrity structures.
A Numerical Method for Simulating Nonlinear Mechanical Responses of Tensegrity Structures Under Large Deformations
Department of Engineering Mechanics,
New Energy Technology,
Manuscript received December 26, 2012; final manuscript received January 23, 2013; accepted manuscript posted March 7, 2013; published online August 21, 2013. Editor: Yonggang Huang.
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Zhang, L., Li, Y., Cao, Y., Feng, X., and Gao, H. (August 21, 2013). "A Numerical Method for Simulating Nonlinear Mechanical Responses of Tensegrity Structures Under Large Deformations." ASME. J. Appl. Mech. November 2013; 80(6): 061018. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4023977
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