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Wrapping Thick Membranes with Slipping Folds

Arya, Manan and Lee, Nicolas and Pellegrino, Sergio (2015) Wrapping Thick Membranes with Slipping Folds. In: AIAA SciTech : 2nd AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics , Reston, VA, Art. No. 2015-0682. ISBN 9781624103452.

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A novel method of packaging finite-thickness membranes tightly and with high packaging efficiency is presented. This method allows the membrane to be packaged without extension and without plastic creasing. As such, initially flat membranes can be deployed to a flat state. Membrane thickness is accommodated by removing material along fold lines and exploiting the slipping deformation mechanism thus created. Also presented are methods for prestressing and deploying membranes packaged according to this technique. Initial tests demonstrate packaging efficiencies of 73% without plastic deformation. Experimental deployment tests of a meter-scale model showed controlled deployment with unfolding forces of less than 0.6 N.

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Additional Information:© 2015 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Support from the Northrop Grumman Corporation is gratefully acknowledged. N. Lee was supported through this work by a postdoctoral fellowship from the W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies.
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Official Citation:Wrapping Thick Membranes with Slipping Folds Manan Arya, Nicolas Lee, and Sergio Pellegrino 2nd AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference.
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Deposited On:22 Aug 2019 19:45
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