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Globally Rigid Symmetric Tensegrities by Connelly, Terrell, 1995

Globally Rigid Symmetric Tensegrities by Connelly, Terrell, 1995

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The authors address the question, "if one builds a tensegrity structure with cables and struts, when will it be globally rigid in the sense that there is no other non-congruent configuration of the points satisfying the cable and strut constraints?" They report on a family of such structures that have dihedral symmetry and are globally rigid. To define the structures the authors apply some stress-energy techniques that in turn require showing that a certain symmetric matrix is positive semi-definite with the right rank. The work proceeds with three three constraints regarding distance defined on the struts, cables and bars. For any cable, its end points or vertices are at maximum distance, meaning they cannot move further apart. For any strut, its end points are at minimum distance, meaning that they cannot get closer together. Lastly, they define a bar as a pair of vertices that is constrained as-is, meaning that their distance apart cannot vary. A graph notation is used whose vertices correspond to the joints of the framework and whose edges record which pairs of vertices are cables, bars, or struts. The authors then pose and prove a series of theorems and share several conjectures.
The authors address the question, "if one builds a tensegrity structure with cables and struts, when will it be globally rigid in the sense that there is no other non-congruent configuration of the points satisfying the cable and strut constraints?" They report on a family of such structures that have dihedral symmetry and are globally rigid. To define the structures the authors apply some stress-energy techniques that in turn require showing that a certain symmetric matrix is positive semi-definite with the right rank. The work proceeds with three three constraints regarding distance defined on the struts, cables and bars. For any cable, its end points or vertices are at maximum distance, meaning they cannot move further apart. For any strut, its end points are at minimum distance, meaning that they cannot get closer together. Lastly, they define a bar as a pair of vertices that is constrained as-is, meaning that their distance apart cannot vary. A graph notation is used whose vertices correspond to the joints of the framework and whose edges record which pairs of vertices are cables, bars, or struts. The authors then pose and prove a series of theorems and share several conjectures.

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Revue in terdisciplinaire deg&om&rie appliqutie auxprob&mes de structure et demorphologie en design, enarchitecture et en g6nie.Structural
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Interdisciplinary journal ongeometry applied to problems ofstructure and morphology indesign, architecture andengineering.
 
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Cornit de directionManagement committeeJanos Baracs
Directeur, representant de son ecoleDirectol; representative of his schoolEcole d’architecture, Universite de Montreal
Walter Whiteley
Representant de son ecoleRepresentative of his schoolDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics,York University, North York, Ontario
Henry Crap0
Representant de son ecoleRepresentative of his schoolEcole d’architecture, Universite de Montreal;INDIA, Rocquencourt, France
Richard Pallascio
Representant de son departementRepresentative of his schoolDepartement de mathematiques etd’informatique,Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Vincent Papillon
Representant de 1’Association mathematiquedu QuebecRepresentative of the Association mathkmatiquedu Que’becCollege Jean-de-Brebeuf, Montreal, Quebec
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Cornit consultatif
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AdiisoryboadLaszlo Fejes-T&h, mathematician
Professor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,Budapest, Hungary
Branko Griinbaum, mathematician
Professor, University of Washington,Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Lionel March, architect
Director, Centre for ConfigurationalStudiesProfessor, The Open University, MiltonKeynes, England
Cedric Marsh, engineer
Professor, Centre for Building Studies,Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
Gert Sabidussi, mathematicien
Professeur, Universite de Montreal,Montreal, Quebec
Moshe Safdie, architect
Director, Urban Design Program, GraduateSchool of Design, Harvard University,Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Geoffrey Shephard, mathematician
Professor, University of East Anglia,Norwich, England
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R&dactionEditorshipJanos Baracs
Redacteur en chef/editor in chiefEcole d’architecture, Universite deMontreal
Henry Crap0
%dacteur/editovIkole d’architecture, Universitk deMontreal ;INRIA, Rocquencourt, France
Haresh Lalvani
%dacteur/editovSchool of Architecture, Pratt Institute,Brooklyn, New York, USA
Richard Pallascio
Rkdacteur/editorDepartement de mathematiques etd’informatique,Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Jean-Luc Raymond
%dacteur/editorDepartement de mathematiques etd’informatique,Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Walter Hlhiteley
Rkdacteur/editorDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics,York University, North York, Ontario
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