Reciprocally Supported Elements (RSE) Space Structure Configurations

Rizzuto, Joseph and Shaaban, Ibrahim ORCID: (2023) Reciprocally Supported Elements (RSE) Space Structure Configurations. In: 2nd International Summit on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, 18-20 March 2024, Florence, Italy.

[thumbnail of PDF/A]
RSE Space Structure Configurations_Fv Florence.pdf - Presentation
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (2MB) | Preview


Creative, imaginative and inventive engineered architectural forms can be achieved when using multiple circuit arrangements of reciprocally supported elements (RSE). The appearance of the resulting family of space structures can often be similar to woven basket assemblies. Structural
elements of various cross-sections and materials can be used for RSE circuit construction. When a circuit of RSEs is formed, only pairs of the reciprocally supported elements are required to be connected to one another as they rely on one another for mutual support. Potential applications
of the MSE system range from the construction sector to aid work as these can be mobile and rapidly assembled structures. This potentially results in an economic advantage over the more traditional connection systems used in space structures where, for example, machined cast ball-joints connectors are employed. By comparison, the connection between RSE pairs can be considerably simplified, in many cases, to the use of single bolts. When carrying out numerical modelling of RSE space structures, the connection stiffness of the joints is found to be an important factor in the resulting design. The joint connection stiffness associated with the use of cylindrical elements is investigated and reviewed with practical aspects of assembly discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Reciprocally Supported Elements; Space Structures; Joint Connection Stiffness
Subjects: Construction and engineering
Depositing User: Eilish McLaughlin
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2024 15:03
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2024 15:03


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item