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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]
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Application of tensegrity massage to relieve complications after mastectomy- case report.
Examples cited by Gebisa in his paper, "A Case Study on Topology Optimized Design for Additive Manufacturing," include an industrial bracket, which in a redesign lost 40 percent of its original weight (to 42 grams compared with 70 grams), and a steel node for a tensegrity structure whose weight was reduced by 75 percent (to 5 kg from 20 kg).
Its spherical tensegrity structure is filled with slides, trampolines, monkey bars, and other equipment.
Sultan, "Controllable tensegrity: a new class of smart structures," in Proceedings SPIE 3039, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, San Diego, CA, USA, 1997.
As described by Ingber, tensegrity or tensional integrity is the mechanical stability produced by the cellular network and its control of shape and structure [47].
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.
Cable networks [1-3] and tensegrity structures [4] are different from conventional structures, such as spatial steel frames or space steel trusses, in that they are lightweight structures with members which transmit only tension (cables and strings) or elements which transmit compression (bars before buckling).
Minimum mass design of tensegrity bridges with parametric architecture and multiscale complexity.
A computational tensegrity model predicts dynamic rheological behaviors in living cells.
Tensegrity systems are a special class of spatial reticulated structures that are composed of struts and tendons.
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.