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Title: Pyramidal space frame and associated methods

Abstract

A space frame having a high torsional strength comprising a first square bipyramid and two planar structures extending outward from an apex of the first square bipyramid to form a "V" shape is disclosed. Some embodiments comprise a plurality of edge-sharing square bipyramids configured linearly, where the two planar structures contact apexes of all the square bipyramids. A plurality of bridging struts, apex struts, corner struts and optional internal bracing struts increase the strength and rigidity of the space frame. In an embodiment, the space frame supports a solar reflector, such as a parabolic solar reflector. Methods of fabricating and using the space frames are also disclosed.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SKYFUEL, INC., Lakewood, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1264389
Patent Number(s):
9,395,514
Application Number:
14/531,803
Assignee:
SKYFUEL, INC. (Lakewood, CO)
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0003584
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Nov 03
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 14 SOLAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Clark, Ryan Michael, White, David, and Farr, Jr, Adrian Lawrence. Pyramidal space frame and associated methods. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Clark, Ryan Michael, White, David, & Farr, Jr, Adrian Lawrence. Pyramidal space frame and associated methods. United States.
Clark, Ryan Michael, White, David, and Farr, Jr, Adrian Lawrence. Tue . "Pyramidal space frame and associated methods". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1264389.
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abstractNote = {A space frame having a high torsional strength comprising a first square bipyramid and two planar structures extending outward from an apex of the first square bipyramid to form a "V" shape is disclosed. Some embodiments comprise a plurality of edge-sharing square bipyramids configured linearly, where the two planar structures contact apexes of all the square bipyramids. A plurality of bridging struts, apex struts, corner struts and optional internal bracing struts increase the strength and rigidity of the space frame. In an embodiment, the space frame supports a solar reflector, such as a parabolic solar reflector. Methods of fabricating and using the space frames are also disclosed.},
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year = {2016},
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