Flashcards in Tensegrity Deck (14):
What is tensegrity?
The characteristic property of a 3D structure consisting of members under tension that are contiguous and member under compression that are not
What does tensegrity allow us to do? (2)
The ability to yield increasingly without ultimately breaking
How does tensegrity apply to cells?
Interations between cells and ECM similar
How are biological structures made strong?
By unison of tensioned and compressed parts
How are the units of a tensegrity system arranged?
So that each cconnecting member are connected by the shortest distance
What are the two categories of tensegrity structures?
Ones with frameworks made of rigid struts
Ones that stabilize through prestress (only through tension)
What are bones in the tensegrity model?
the compression struts
What are muscles/tensons in the tensegrity model?
The tension bearing members
What are the struts in the cell? Tension members?
Struts = microtubules
Tension members = actin, microfilaments
What connects all the various tensegrity systems of the body?
What is self-assembly?
A phenomenon in which components join together to form lager, stable structures having new properties that could not have been predicted from the characteristics of their individual parts
What is mechanotransduction?
The transduction of outside signals to the cell to generate biochemical responses
What are the changes that occur in transitional areas?
Hypomobility hat is compensated by hypermobility elsewhere