Tensile-Integrity Structural Concepts for the Lunar Surface

by H. Benaroya, Rutgers Univ, Piscataway, United States,
M. Ettouney, Rutgers Univ, Piscataway, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


This paper suggests the use of tension cable structures of a particular type, Tensegrity structures, for a lunar base. Tensegric shells can be a system of bars and cable net. The shell attains its topology and stiffness when the bars are prestressed against the cable net. In its final configuration, no bar is in contact with another. Tensegric shells and other configurations are self sustaining. Unlike inflatable structures, they do not depend on internal pressurization for their integrity.

Subject Headings: Cables | Tensile structures | Shell structures | Space colonies | Tension members | Tensile strength | Structural reliability

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