Shape Control of Tensegrity Airfoils
2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved. This paper develops and applies tensegrity concepts to the design of shape-controllable 2D airfoils. After introducing tensegrity systems and dynamics, a tension-driven shape control strategy is outlined, and a method of generating variable complexity tensegrity airfoils is developed. The described shape control strategy is then applied to the task of transforming a given tensegrity airfoil from some initial shape to a desired final shape. Results show the generation of tensegrity systems that approximate various NACA 4-series airfoil profiles, and simulation results demonstrate successful shape control of both symmetric and asymmetric tensegrity airfoils.