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Buckling of Ultralight Ladder-type Coilable Space Structures

Royer, Fabien and Pellegrino, Sergio (2020) Buckling of Ultralight Ladder-type Coilable Space Structures. In: AIAA Scitech 2020 Forum. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics , Reston, VA, Art. No. 2020-1437. ISBN 978-1-62410-595-1.

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We analyse the buckling and post-buckling behavior of ultralight ladder-type coilable structures for space solar power applications. The structures are composed of thin-shell longitudinal elements connected by thin rods, which can be flattened and packaged efficiently. Rather than relying on an eigenvalue based analysis, this paper presents an alternative approach to thin-shell buckling based on recent work on the stability of cylindrical and spherical shells. The stability of ladder-type structures loaded by normal pressure is studied using a probe that locally displaces the structure and a stability landscape for the structure is plotted. This landscape plot gives insight into the structure's buckling, post-buckling, and sensitivity to disturbances.

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Additional Information:© 2020 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Published Online: 5 Jan 2020.
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Official Citation:Buckling of Ultralight Ladder-type Coilable Space Structures. Fabien Royer and Sergio Pellegrino. AIAA Scitech 2020 Forum. January 2020; doi: 10.2514/6.2020-1437
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Deposited On:13 Jan 2020 17:19
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