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Wrinkling of Transversely Loaded Spinning Membranes

Delapierre, Mélanie and Chakraborty, Debadi and Sader, John E. and Pellegrino, Sergio (2018) Wrinkling of Transversely Loaded Spinning Membranes. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 139-140 . pp. 163-173. ISSN 0020-7683. doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2018.01.031.

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Spinning membrane structures provide a mass-efficient solution for large space apertures. This paper presents a detailed study of the wrinkling of spinning circular membranes loaded by transverse, uniform loads. Experimental measurements of the angular velocities at which different membranes become wrinkled, and of the wrinkling mode transitions that occur upon spin down of the membrane, are presented. A theoretical formulation of the problem is presented, from which pairs of critical angular velocities and critical transverse loads are determined. A general stability chart is presented, which identifies the stability limits in terms of only two dimensionless parameters, for any membrane. The transition between bending dominated behavior and in-plane dominated behavior is identified, and it is shown that in the bending-dominated case the critical non-dimensional transverse load is independent from the non-dimensional angular velocity.

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Sader, John E.0000-0002-7096-0627
Pellegrino, Sergio0000-0001-9373-3278
Additional Information:© 2018 Elsevier Ltd. Received 23 July 2017, Revised 7 January 2018, Accepted 24 January 2018, Available online 13 February 2018. MD and SP acknowledge financial support from the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Group:GALCIT, Space Solar Power Project
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Subject Keywords:buckling; wrinkled membranes; von Kármán plate theory; nonlinear dynamical systems
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Official Citation:Mélanie Delapierre, Debadi Chakraborty, John E. Sader, Sergio Pellegrino, Wrinkling of transversely loaded spinning membranes, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Volumes 139–140, 2018, Pages 163-173, ISSN 0020-7683, (
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