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Tensegrity Systems In Nature And Their Impacts On The Creativity Of Lightweight Metal Structures That Can Be Applied In Egypt


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WIT Press


W. M. Galil


The search for integrated design solutions has been the designer’s dream throughout the different stages of history. Designers have tried to observe natural phenomena and study biological structure behaviour when exploring creation within nature. This can happen through trying to follow an integrated approach for an objects’ behaviour in biological nature systems. Donald E. Ingber, a scientist, confirmed this by his interpretation of the power that affects cell behaviour. This interpretation was proved through physical models called \“the Principle of Tensegrity”. It is an interpreting principle for connectivity within a cell that represents the preferred structural system in biological nature. \“Tensegrity” ensures the structural stability arrangement for its components in order to reduce energy economically and get a lower mass to its minimum limit by local continuous tension and compression. The aim of this research is to monitor \“Tensegrity” systems in biological nature with a methodology for use and formulation in new innovative design solutions. This research highlighted the way of thinking about the principle of \“Tensegrity” in nature and its adaptation in creating lightweight metal structural systems. Such systems have many functions, characterized by lightweight and precise structural elements and components. Moreover, a methodology design has been proposed on how to benefit from Tensegrity systems in biological nature in the design of lightweight metal structures with creative application in Egypt. Keywords: Tensegrity, lightweight structure, design in nature.


Tensegrity, lightweight structure, design in nature