Reduced prestressability conditions for tensegrity structures
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This paper presents a derivation of the prestressability conditions for a general class of tensegrity structures and a methodology for the investigation of these conditions. The prestressability conditions are derived from the principle of virtual work. The methodology proposed for their investigation combines symbolic and numerical computation and it is aimed at identifying particular prestressable configurations for which the prestressability conditions are expressed in a simpler form. The paper includes examples of the application of the methodology to a class of particular tensegrity structures, called tensegrity towers.