A short report was published in the International Journal of Space Structures. Volume 6 No 1 1991
Large space structures can be constructed using this node and link module truss as a subunit. The folding mechanism of the truss is basically two pivotally interconnected diametrically opposed tripods. By applying a pulling force between the two central nodes of the truss mechanism it causes the truss to expand. Similarly by applying a pushing force to the truss mechanism it causes it to fold.
If a collection of these trusses were all joined together and floated, semi-submerged offshore, the ever changing, variable curvature of the oceans surface would be induced into this mechanism. causing the multitude of sliding nodes to move in and out. This could provide us with a combined means for a wave energy system, a shore defense system and an artificial reef as a marine shelter for smaller fish.
Some of the many applications for this folding mechanism include robotics, biomimetics, wave energy, mechanical skin, suspension geometry, double skinned hulls, nano technology, temporary shelters and tuneable antenna dishes.
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