Optimization of tensegrity structures
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Pierre Ghisbain and Jerome J. Connor.
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This thesis presents a new approach to solve the optimization of articulated structures and especially looks into the performance of tensegrity systems compared to regular trusses. Volume is the objective to minimize and a wide range of constraints can be considered from the required mechanical constraints to more architectural ones. The resulting nonlinear non-convex mixed-integer optimization problem is approached with a twofold algorithm. A global genetic algorithm controls the connectivity and geometric variables while the cross-sectional area and prestress forces variables are dealt with an internal sequential quadratic programming algorithm. The performance of this approach is evaluated on a typical cantilever configuration.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. Abstract in French on page 5.Includes bibliographical references (page 65).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering.