Minimal mass design of tensegrity structures Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper provides a unified framework for minimal mass design of tensegrity systems. For any given configuration and any given set of external forces, we design force density (member force divided by length) and cross-section area to minimize the structural mass subject to an equilibrium condition and a maximum stress constraint. The answer is provided by a linear program. Stability is assured by a positive definite stiffness matrix. This condition is described by a linear matrix inequality. Numerical examples are shown to illustrate the proposed method. 2014 SPIE.

name of conference

  • Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2014

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of SPIE

author list (cited authors)

  • Nagase, K., & Skelton, R. E.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Nagase, Kenji||Skelton, RE

editor list (cited editors)

  • Lynch, J. P., Wang, K., & Sohn, H.

publication date

  • March 2014