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Study of the dynamics of three dimensional tape spring folds

Walker, Scott J.I. and Aglietti, Guglielmo (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.

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Published date: April 2004
Organisations: Aeronautics, Astronautics & Comp. Eng, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, Astronautics Group


Local EPrints ID: 22693
ISSN: 0001-1452
PURE UUID: a4ad0843-a481-4eb9-b53b-7a06694ebc79

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Date deposited: 22 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:21

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