Hanaor, Ariel

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Read here about a person active in tensegrity research.


Ariel Hanaor’s work serves as a reference and guide for specialists in tensegrity structures. He started in the 1980s by studying the geometric configuration of double-layer tensegrity grids (DLTGs). In his work t-prisms generated planar surfaces, and t-pyramids generated curved surfaces. Hanaor's early work was based on the v-expander.

In his lateer work, Hanaor rejected the term tensegrity and concluded that the bar-tendon assemblies in general are of little use in construction.

Hanaor's typology of tensegrity connections[edit]

Hanaor defined three types of connections: Type I – Modules that share nodes only, divided into Type Ia - odd-sided polygons sharing nodes (right handed and left-handed modules), producing unique configurations. Type Ib - even-sided polygons sharing nodes, producing symmetric configurations. Type II – Modules also share portions of the base polygons, producing unique configurations too (hexagonal t-Prism excepting)

Bar-Tendon Constructions[edit]

Below, a link to "the concept of structural depth as applied to certain bar-tendon assemblies".

Criticism of the term 'tensegrity'[edit]

Today Hanaor is pessimistic about the efficacy of the term 'tensegrity'. He contends that the term has become too confused and not well defined. Hanaor proposes the term "bar-tendon" as a more accurate term referring to the classic tensegrity construction. Furthermore, Hanaor agrees with Snelson that the strut-and-tendon structures, while beautiful and perhaps inspiring, are of little use in conventional civil engineering applications.

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