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A concept of muscular-skeletal relationships based on the work of architect Buckminster Fuller; refers to the forces of tension (provided by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) pulling on structure (bones and joints) that help keep the body both stable and efficient in mass and movement.
[tensile integrity]

tensegrity (ten·sāˑ·gri·tē),

n an architectural principle in which compression and tension are used to give a structure its form. Conceived by R. Buckminster Fuller, it is used to create such structures as geodesic domes and boat sails.
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The cell, held together by tensegrity.
tensegrity system,
n an interconnected network of structures which use tension and pressure in order to move or retain their shape.
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The main advantage of using the tensegrity structure is that the robot is a lot more robust, and the goal is to just be able to drop it down from orbit on some low gravity body--no parachutes, no retro-burners, no airbags are needed for it.
Finite element analysis of tensegrity structures in offshore aquaculture installations.
Minimum mass design of tensegrity bridges with parametric architecture and multiscale complexity.
A computational tensegrity model predicts dynamic rheological behaviors in living cells.
The Morpho robot [25] is based on deformation and the tensegrity model of the cellular structure, where cells exert expansion and contraction forces on the entire structure.
Whether it's tensegrity habitats in space, new ways to get humans to Mars, delicate photonic propulsion, or any one of the other amazing Phase II studies NIAC is funding, I'm thrilled to welcome these innovations and their innovators back to the program.
It helps to maintain the tensegrity of the body - this term is borrowed from architecture, and helps to explain the tensional relationships in the body which keep our posture as it should be.
The 25 selected papers describe some recent developments in deployable systems and structural mechanisms, rapidly assembled systems, temporary structures and dwellings, a variety of sustainable and innovative approaches, and applications of tensegrity and reciprocal frames.
Based on Fuller who offers one of the first definitions, Tensegrity structure are the islands of pressure within a sea of tension.
The topics include modeling and simulating silicon nanowire-based biosensors, optimizing organic photovoltaic cells, developing a dynamics model for epidermal growth factor (EGF)-induced cellular signaling events, modeling and the experimental verification of cell tensegrity, modeling swimming micro/nano systems in low Reynolds number, and modeling and analyzing the cellular mechanics involved in the pathophysiology of disease and injury.
Tensegrity systems are light structures, suitable for knock down and foldable structures.
Also, Eugene's Deb Bauer of Tensegrity PT Cycling placed second in the masters women 35-plus B division.