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Title: Pyramidal space frame and associated methods

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