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Non-linear vibrations of tensegrity structures
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Tensegritet-strukturers icke-linjära vibrationer (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

A study has been done on different methods to solve the linear and non-linear problems with single or multi degrees of freedom structures. To do that direct time integration methods are used to solve the dynamic equilibrium equations. It has been tried to perform general methods to apply in most structures. In this thesis structures are made of cables and bars but the solution methods which is presented can be applied for any structure, and to utilize those implicit and explicit methods for all structures it is needed to know the tangent stiffness matrix and mass matrix for the structure. Then, it would be possible to analyze the dynamic response of structures under general loads and by general it can be understood that by application of arbitrary forces on different nodes of structure, the method generates result based on applied forces. It is crucial to get the right tangent stiffness matrix and mass matrix to know the dynamic equation in each node. Hence, the method will then work correctly to solve the dynamic problems. More, a parametric study has been done to see the effects of times step, stiffness of elements, length of elements, and other mechanical properties of elements, and this parametric study enables one to produce new results by changing every parameter. Also, continuation of the study on x-frame tensegrity has been done by solving them to check out dynamic response of structure with proposed methods of this thesis. Moreover, a method is presented to use the codes of solver methods of current thesis to apply them for other structures. Hence, as a future work, one can combine the codes of structures and solver codes of this thesis for dynamic response of structure. In fact the main effort of this thesis is on presenting different methods to solve various structures.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-109453OAI: diva2:582323
Available from: 2013-01-04 Created: 2013-01-04 Last updated: 2013-01-04Bibliographically approved

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