Modeling the hinge moment of skew mounted tape spring folds

Walker, S.J.I. and Aglietti, G.S. (2007) Modeling the hinge moment of skew mounted tape spring folds Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 20, (2), pp. 102-115. (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0893-1321(2007)20:2(102)).


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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 moment 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 degrees. The model is then applied to a practical spacecraft hinge application.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0893-1321(2007)20:2(102)
ISSNs: 0893-1321 (print)
Keywords: tape spring skew deployable structures
Organisations: Aeronautics, Astronautics & Comp. Eng, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, Astronautics Group
ePrint ID: 39592
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10 March 2006Submitted
April 2007Published
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 21:54
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