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Modeling the hinge moment of skew-mounted tape spring folds

Walker, SJI and Aglietti, GS (2007) Modeling the hinge moment of skew-mounted tape spring folds Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 20 (2). pp. 102-115.

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Tape springs, defined as thin metallic strips with an initially curved cross section, are an attractive structural solution and hinge mechanism for small satellite deployable structures due to their low mass, low cost, and general simplicity. When mounted at skewed angles to the hinge line, the tapes can be subjected to complex folds involving both bending and twisting of the tape. These folds have been experimentally investigated and theories have been developed to model the resulting opening moment. However, the opening moments of these theories are not equivalent to the opening moment about the hinge line, which is the parameter required in satellite deployment applications. This paper derives a method to determine the hinge moment from the previous theories and compares the theoretical predictions with experimental and finite element results. It uses this model to investigate the predicted hinge moment trends for full deployments of 180°. The model is then applied to a practical spacecraft hinge application. © 2007 ASCE.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors : Walker, SJI and Aglietti, GS
Date : 23 March 2007
DOI : 10.1061/(ASCE)0893-1321(2007)20:2(102)
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2016 12:24
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 13:01

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