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Pyramidal space frame and associated methods

United States Patent

July 19, 2016
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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.
Clark; Ryan Michael (Golden, CO), White; David (Denver, CO), Farr, Jr.; Adrian Lawrence (Littleton, CO)
SKYFUEL, INC. (Lakewood, CO)
14/ 531,803
November 3, 2014
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support from the Department of Energy under contract no. DE-EE0003584. The U.S. government has certain rights in this invention.