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Read here about condyles, the prominent end of a biological bone that is a focus of biotensegrity research.


A condyle is the round prominence at the end of a bone, that and plays a critical role in the overlap between bones. Most often part of a joint, or articulation with another bone, it features in biological structure and mobility. For example, in the human knee a synovial joint connects all three bones; the femur, tibia and patella. The femur and tibia overlap, and are joined in the tibiofemoral joint, by means of the medial condyle of the femur, covered by a layer of hyaline cartilage.

The Tensegrity View of Condyles[edit]

When modelling biological anatomy in tensegrity models, such as the knee, special attention is paid to the condyle. In tensegrity models of structural anatomy, bone is the component that is optimized to bear compressive load. The condyle

Tom Flemons: "Previously there was an attempt to model the knee joint as a constellation of two discrete tensegrities. One represents the condyle surfaces of the femur, the other the eminence of the tibia plateau and the two attached together by means of a tension sling that is formally identical to the above mentioned membrane. (fig 6) While this solution is suited to a robotic or prosthetic application this is probably not how the body achieves a rolling joint. So how does it work in the body? Answering this question requires a closer look at tensegrity masts."

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See also bone.