Mesh Bag as Tension Network

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Read here about tensegrity and structures that consist of bags containing bars. This is a special case of a membrane tensegrity structure.

Gerald de Jong visited Kenneth Snelson on 28 December 2009. He wrote that Kenneth Snelson "plopped" on the table a "floppy little mesh holding a bunch of tubes."

In such structures, the bag supplies the tension that holds the compression struts in place. Unlike conventional tensegrity structures, the tension element is not fashioned securely to the strut.


The mesh bag in de jong's photo has six struts.

"6 bars in a mesh bag, photo by de Jong."

This image, published on the web, shows seven struts in a similar net bag.

"7 bars in a mesh bag"

Links and References

Membrane structures, see membrane. De Jong's blog of the event: Gerald de Jong blog entry on visiting Kenneth Snelson