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Experimental investigation of tape springs folded in three dimensions

Walker, Scott J.I. and Aglietti, Guglielmo S. (2006) Experimental investigation of tape springs folded in three dimensions AIAA Journal, 44, (1), pp. 151-159.

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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, there is a need for small, efficient, area deployment devices.

One possible structural solution for such devices is tape springs. Previous work on tape spring hinges has focused on two-dimensional folds; however, applications exist that incorporate three-dimensional tape spring folds. The properties of three-dimensional tape spring folds are experimentally investigated using a specially designed test
rig. The rig is first used to produce comparative two-dimensional data before being used to analyze more complex
three-dimensional folds.

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Published date: January 2006
Organisations: Aeronautics, Astronautics & Comp. Eng, Astronautics Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment


Local EPrints ID: 23674
ISSN: 0001-1452
PURE UUID: 25265b28-4e42-422a-ba12-4876029294f5

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Date deposited: 20 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:16

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