Adaptive control of a deployable tensegrity structure

Nicolas Veuve, Ann C. Sychterz, Ian F.C. Smith

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Deployable structures belong to a special class of moveable structures that are capable of form and size change. Controlling movement of deployable structures is important for successful deployment, in-service adaptation and safety. In this paper, measurements and control methodologies contribute to the development of an efficient learning strategy and a damage-compensation algorithm for a deployable tensegrity structure. The general motivation of this work is to develop an efficient bio-inspired control framework through real-time measurement, adaptation, and learning. Building on previous work, an enhanced deployment algorithm involves re-use of control commands in order to reduce computation time for mid-span connection. Simulations are integrated into a stochastic search algorithm and combined with case-reuse as well as real-time measurements. Although data collection requires instrumentation, this methodology performs significantly better than without real-time measurements. This paper presents the procedure and generally applicable methodologies to improve deployment paths, to control the shape of a structure through optimization, and to control the structure to adapt after a damage event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalEngineering Structures
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Active control
  • Adaptation
  • Deployable structures
  • Tensegrity structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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