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Variable-Geometry Trusses: What's Your Angle?

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O'Leary, D.P. ; Appl. Math. Program, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

In space travel and in other work environments where transporting equipment is expensive, it's important that every item be as lightweight and versatile as possible. Strong platforms can be built by using six beams to connect two triangles. Given the six beams' lengths, the problem is to determine how many unique platforms can be constructed from them and the two given triangles. This Web extra contains the Matlab file that generates a rotatable image.

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Computing in Science & Engineering  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 6 )