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This page contains discussion of force issues in tensegrities.

Order of magnitude[edit]

Tensegrity, like any geometrical concept, is an abstract idea that describes real world forms at any order of magnitude, from the cosmic down to the nano-scale. At different orders of magnitude, however, different forces come into play.

Gravity, for example, is not a significant force at work in Snelson's big structures. High tensional force would be inappropriate for Hart's sodastraw tensegrities. Pars reports, "each tendon pulls with a force of appr. 50 N at each end of a strut." as opposed to gravity, that pulls with a force of appr. 0.1 N at the same strut end.