Self-Deployable Joints for Ultra-Light Space Structures
The paper presents ongoing research and development of novel concepts for deployable space structures using self-latching, flexural joints to replace mechanical hinges. The mechanics of deformation of Fiber-Reinforced-Polymers (FRP) joints for in-plane deployment mechanisms are studied. Methods for characterizing these joints via experiments and numerical simulations are proposed. A failure criterion suitable for ultra-thin, plain-weave composites is used to predict failure of the joints and achieve a successful design.
© 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This work was supported by a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. S.F. would like to acknowledge Dr. William Doggett, NASA Langley, for mentoring and providing invaluable technical and scientific support.
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