Analysis of dynamic behavioir of inflatable booms in zigzag and modified zigzag folding patterns

Nobuhisa Katsumata, M. C. Natori, Hiroshi Yamakawa

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    Abstract

    The deployment behaviour of inflatable booms with zigzag and modified zigzag folding patterns is experimentally and theoretically investigated in this paper with the aim to deploy the booms as the actuator for future deplovable large-scale membrane structures. Regarding the experimental approach, the stable deployment of a modified zigzag folding pattern is demonstrated, and the relation between stable and unstable deployment behaviour is considered in relation to air pressure and flow rate. In terms of the theoretical approach, the folding process and deployment behaviour are simulated using commercially available software (PAM-CRACH and PAM-SAFE). To create folding lines from the zero stress condition in the case of analytical inflatable boom models, the stress distribution and the shapes of the folding lines are considered for the initial self-deployment behaviour and deployment behaviour using the uniform pressure method From the folding experiments and the results of folding analyses and UPM, the deployment behaviour of inflatable boom models in zigzag and modified zigzag folding patterns is compared by using the finite pointset method. For the sequential deployment behaviour, which is difficult to replicate, the uniform pressure method is used for the calculations, and the relation between inlet air flow and stable deployment behaviour is discussed though comparison of the experimental and analysis results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
    Pages6462-6473
    Number of pages12
    Volume8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event63rd International Astronautical Congress 2012, IAC 2012 - Naples
    Duration: 2012 Oct 12012 Oct 5

    Other

    Other63rd International Astronautical Congress 2012, IAC 2012
    CityNaples
    Period12/10/112/10/5

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Space and Planetary Science
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Katsumata, N., Natori, M. C., & Yamakawa, H. (2012). Analysis of dynamic behavioir of inflatable booms in zigzag and modified zigzag folding patterns. In Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC (Vol. 8, pp. 6462-6473)