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Published August 2011 | Published
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Concept and Design of a Multistable Plate Structure


A concept is presented for a compliant plate structure that deforms elastically into a variety of cylindrical shapes and is able to maintain such shapes due to the presence of bistable components within the structure. The whole structure may be fabricated as a monolithic entity using low-cost manufacturing techniques such as injection molding. The key steps in the analysis of this novel concept are presented, and a functional model is designed and constructed to demonstrate the concept and validate the analysis.

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© 2011 ASME. Manuscript received November 25, 2010; final manuscript received June 17, 2011; published online July 27, 2011. Assoc. Editor: Nancy Johnson. The research presented in this paper was funded by the Cambridge- MIT Institute (CMI) and was carried out in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. Alastair Ross provided assistance with the fabrication of the prototype. Tyge Schiøler is gratefully acknowledged for his assistance and involvement in the early stages of this research.

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