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Design and demonstration of a high-authority shape morphing structure
Author(s): Sergio L. dos Santos e Lucato; Ju Wang; Robert M. McMeeking; Anthony G. Evans
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Paper Abstract

A concept for a high authority shape morphing plate is described and demonstrated. The design incorporates an active back-plane comprising a Kagome truss, capable of changing the shape of a solid face, connected to the back-plane by means of a tetrahedral truss core. The two shape deformations to be demonstrated consist of hinging and twisting. The design is performed by a combination of analytic estimation and numerical simulation, guided by previous assessments of the Kagome configuration. It is shown that, while the structure is capable of sustaining large passive loads at low weight, the demonstrable authority is actuator-limited. The full potential of the system can only be realized by developing and incorporating superior actuators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5390, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (26 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.538682
Show Author Affiliations
Sergio L. dos Santos e Lucato, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Ju Wang, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Robert M. McMeeking, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Anthony G. Evans, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5390:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Alison B. Flatau, Editor(s)

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