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Study of the Dynamics of Three-Dimensional Tape Spring Folds

Walker, SJI and Aglietti, G (2004) Study of the Dynamics of Three-Dimensional Tape Spring Folds AIAA Journal, 42 (4). pp. 850-856.

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One of the most significant drivers in satellite design is the minimization of mass to reduce the large costs involved in the launch. With technological advances across many fields, it is now widely known that very low-mass satellites can perform a wide variety of missions. However, the satellite power requirement does not reduce linearly with mass, creating the need for efficient and reliable small satellite deployable structures. One possible structural solution for this application is tape springs. Tape springs have been previously studied in many countries for space applications focusing on two-dimensional systems. This work studies the possible impact of using tape springs folded in three dimensions. By first analytically determining the static moments created, simple deployment models can be constructed for tape springs in free space. Then, determining the impact of these moments about an array fold line allows the creation of a dynamic model of an array that is directly comparable to the two-dimensional system. The impact of the three-dimensional fold can then be determined.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
Walker, SJI
Aglietti, G
Date : 1 April 2004
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2016 13:04
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:47

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