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The Application of Nonlinear Programming to the
Design and Validation of Tensegrity Structures
with Special Attention to Skew Prisms

Bob Burkhardt
P.O. Box 426164, Cambridge, MA 02142-0021

Version 3.07
September 24, 2012

This is an article I wrote at the invitation of Bin Bing Wang for publication in the Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. I submitted it on May 27, 2005, and got mixed reviews back on November 4, 2005. I submitted a revised version on December 1, 2005. I received comments on the revised version on February 1, 2006. I submitted a final version on February 10, 2006, and it appeared in the April 2006 issue (vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 3-15).

I've put the article into Adobe Acrobat's PDF format. You can find structures I've constructed using the techniques described on the Skew Eight-Prism page of the Synergetics Gallery.

Article in PDF format

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