Structural analysis and validation of a smart pantograph mast concept

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To progress the development of deployable, lightweight infrastructure for relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters, this article develops a proof of concept for a smart mast that leverages the versatility of pantograph systems and advances in sensor, actuator, and informatics technologies. More specifically the article addresses key design criteria of transportability, deployability, global stability, and site responsiveness through the development of analytical expressions and control framework, and reduced-scale physical model testing. The case study, a three-tiered tetrahedral mast is composed of three connected sets of planar pantograph systems and deployed by single actuator located between two of the three mast supports. The article discusses the optimum configurations for the individual design criteria and trade-offs to be made between compactness, overturning, and operational power. The design, construction, and experimentation with a 73-cm tall fully deployed physical model reinforce the feasibility of the presented smart mast concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-665
Number of pages15
JournalComputer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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