Automated discovery and optimization of large irregular tensegrity structures

  title={Automated discovery and optimization of large irregular tensegrity structures},
  author={John A. Rieffel and Francisco J. Valero-Cuevas and Hod Lipson},
Tensegrities consist of disjoint struts connected by tensile strings which maintain shape due to pre-stress stability. Because of their rigidity, foldability and deployability, tensegrities are becoming increasingly popular in engineering. Unfortunately few effective analytical methods for discovering tensegrity geometries exist. We introduce an evolutionary algorithm which produces large tensegrity structures, and demonstrate its efficacy and scalability relative to previous methods. A… CONTINUE READING
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