Read here about a v-shaped rigid strut used in tensegrity structures and called the "V-expander."
The V-expander refers to the use of a v-shaped rigid strut in a tensegrity structure.
V-Expander as a Module in a Grid
Motro defined the V-Expander in "Tensegrity: structural systems for the future" as follows. The V expander is constituted by two struts, each one converging to a pin jointed node, placed respectively on either grid's flexible layer. The expander's axis, joining this couple of nodes, is normal to the layer's surface. an active cable materializes the expander's axis. By reducing its length, it is tensioned and introduces a pre-stress (self-stress) state.
Vinicius Raducanu, who worked on the Tensarch Project at Montpellier, applied this “V-expander” to different geometries: bi-, tri- and quadri-directional tensegrity grids.
Tensegrity V-Expander as the basis for a Helix
Robert Mathieson recently posted to his website helixes composed of v-expander modules. He wrote, "the v-expander module is constructed from four equal length compressive members, six equal length outer tension cables and a central tendon. The center tendon is crucial as it stresses the whole structure, holds the form together and gives it rigidity."
Below, 1 v-expander module by Mathieson.
Below, a helix composed of repeating v-expander modules.