Acta Mechanica Sinica

, 27:125 | Cite as

Tensegrity applied to modelling the motion of viruses

  • Cretu Simona-MarianaEmail author
  • Brinzan Gabriela-Catalina
Research Paper


A considerable number of viruses’ structures have been discovered and more are expected to be identified. Different viruses’ symmetries can be observed at the nanoscale level. The mechanical models of some viruses realised by scientists are described in this paper, none of which has taken into consideration the internal deformation of subsystems. The authors’ models for some viruses’ elements are introduced, with rigid and flexible links, which reproduce the movements of viruses including internal deformations of the subunits.


Viruses Tensegrity Structure Motion 


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© The Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cretu Simona-Mariana
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brinzan Gabriela-Catalina
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of MechanicsUniversity of CraiovaCraiova, DoljRomania
  2. 2.Fratii Buzesti National CollegeCraiova, DoljRomania

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