Specific Strength

Prestressed tensegrity structures are unusual in their allocation of compression and tension. In most traditional structures construction members play both roles, tensegrities more sharply divide the compression and tension tasks between their materials.

Using a Specific Strength Chart to Select Materials for Tensegrity Construction

The following chart shows specific strength of typical materials
Specific strength chart. Structural materials stiffness and strength. From the OWL project telescope documentation.

Portal to Model Making
A series on physical materials, methods, procedures. For CAD, see software.
Kits: Tensegritoy, You Can Touch This, Rhode Island Program
Materials: Struts, Tendons, Inox, Cardboard Model Building, Lego, Specific Strength, Springs, Wire Roap
Methods: Amiano Connectors, Mesh, Tuning
Models: Forms Index, Models by # of Struts
3D Printing: Qball
Procedures: Table, Dodecahedron
Tools: Winch
Johansons'/Ioganson's 1921 structure:1921 tensegrity