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Tensegrities and rotating rings of tetrahedra: a symmetry viewpoint of structural mechanics

S. D. Guest

Abstract

Symmetry is a common attribute of both natural and engineering structures. Despite this, the application of symmetry arguments to some of the basic concepts of structural mechanics is still a novelty. This paper shows some of the insights into structural mechanics that can be obtained through careful symmetry arguments, and will show how these can provide a key to understanding the paradoxical behaviour of some symmetric structures.

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