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First email from Maxim Schrogin

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 17:08:06 EST
Subject: Re: Eight-stage Tensegrity Arch

In a message dated 11/17/2003 8:11:04 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:


Bob--I like your arch. These days I'm ging in a slightly different direction--I'm cantilevering tensegrity towers. And also seeing if I can get some moving elements!

Since you are computer-engineering-graphics conversant and I am not, could you do me a favor? Could you model a three-strut tetrahedron, which is the basic component of every tensegrity I' ve ever made, and find out relative dimensions of the tension elements which would separate the struts maximally? The dimensions I tend to use make the tension elements about 2/3 the length of the tubes, and I get a separation of struts of about 1/7 of their length. For my purposes, the more separation the better. I suppose that other factors, such as maximum tension possible, come into play....Let me know...Maxim

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