Membrane modular space structure systems and deployment characteristics of their inflatable tube elements

M. C. Natori, Nobuhisa Katsumata, Hiroshi Yamakawa

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    Abstract

    Basic study on membrane modules actuated by inflatable tubes to fit to future hierarchical membrane modular structure systems is introduced. Extended geometrical consideration on folding patterns of membrane structures is investigated considering dual property of tessellated planar surfaces, and deployment behavior of refined laboratory scale module models actuated by inflatable tubes with zigzag folding pattern and with modified zigzag folding one is presented. It is shown that some typical folding patterns for deployable membrane structures can be interpreted through geometrical basis, and thatthe hexagonal deployable module model with inflatable tubes with modified zigzag fold ing has stable deployment characteristics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference - Orlando, FL
    Duration: 2010 Apr 122010 Apr 15

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    Other51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
    CityOrlando, FL
    Period10/4/1210/4/15

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Building and Construction
    • Architecture

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    Natori, M. C., Katsumata, N., & Yamakawa, H. (2010). Membrane modular space structure systems and deployment characteristics of their inflatable tube elements. In Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference [2010-2909]