Active Tensegrity Publication Appears in Nature Scientific Reports
Tensegrity structures are characterized by networks of discontinuous struts and continuous cables in a state of self-stress, and have been recognized in engineering for their inherent depolyability. Professor Glaucio H. Paulino and research group member Ke Liu collaborated with Professor H. Jerry Qi and Jiangtau Wu from the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech to combine structural mechanics and material science for design of active tensegrities that can achieve extreme volume changes. The tensegrity structures deploy from highly compact configurations of struts and cables (no self-stress) made of 3D printed smart materials that respond to changes in temperature, stimulating component-wise shape changes that lead to large structurally stable tensegrities (with self-stress). These tensegrities with remote-controllable actuation may have promising applications from large-scale space structures to small-scale medical devices. 

The work was published in Nature Scientific Reports on June 14, 2017.

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