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Crease-free biaxial packaging of thick membranes with slipping folds

Arya, Manan and Lee, Nicolas and Pellegrino, Sergio (2017) Crease-free biaxial packaging of thick membranes with slipping folds. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 108 . pp. 24-39. ISSN 0020-7683. doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2016.08.013.

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This paper presents a novel scheme to biaxially package and deploy flat membranes, in which the thickness of the membrane is accounted for through the novel concept of slipping folds. The membrane is divided into parallel strips connected by slipping folds, and specially chosen wrapping profiles that require zero slip along the edges of the membrane are identified. This packaging scheme avoids the kinematic incompatibilities that in other schemes result in local buckles and wrinkles that increase the deployment force and permanently deform the membrane. The paper also presents a scheme to apply uniform uniaxial prestress to the deployed membrane, as well as a two-stage deployment scheme. Packaging efficiencies of up to 83% have been demonstrated for meter-scale models, although for large membranes the packaging efficiency approaches 100%.

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Additional Information:© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Received 20 February 2016, Revised 26 July 2016, Accepted 19 August 2016, Available online 28 September 2016. Financial support from the Northrop Grumman Corporation is gratefully acknowledged. N. Lee was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies.
Group:Keck Institute for Space Studies, Space Solar Power Project
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Subject Keywords: Origami; Thick membranes; Deployable structures; Packaging
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Official Citation:Manan Arya, Nicolas Lee, Sergio Pellegrino, Crease-free biaxial packaging of thick membranes with slipping folds, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Volume 108, 1 March 2017, Pages 24-39, ISSN 0020-7683, (
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