Deployment analysis of a pentagonal tensegrity-ring module
Ring modules are tensegrity systems that include a single strut circuit and recently, they have been shown to be viable systems for pedestrian bridges. Furthermore, their shape can be controlled using cable actuation. This paper focuses on the deployment of a pentagonal tensegrity-ring module. A geometric study is conducted to identify the deployment-solution space without strut contact. Deployment paths and actuation requirements are explored. The structural response of the module during deployment is analyzed using a modified dynamic relaxation method.