Shape control of multi-cellular inflatable panels

N. Katayama, Kosei Ishimura, K. Minesugi, Daniel J. Inman

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Abstract

Multi-cellular inflatable structures are ultralight and robust against membrane damage such as pinholes caused by space debris. Due to their robustness, inflatable structures supported by inner gases can be applied as space structures. In the present study, shape control for a simple multi-cellular inflatable panel was achieved via a novel diaphragm mechanism. When the bending actuator in a center membrane bends, the inner pressures of sub-cells become different, and the diaphragm mechanism bends as a whole. Because a sliding component is not included, this deformable system is a reliable mechanism. In addition, the proposed mechanism has higher rigidity than that of a bending actuator used alone. In the present paper, we investigate the feasibility of a novel diaphragm mechanism and its characteristics using experimental and numerical results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-282
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers of Mechanical Engineering
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep 1
Externally publishedYes

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Diaphragms
Inflatable structures
Actuators
Membranes
Space debris
Rigidity
Gases

Keywords

  • inflatable structure
  • Membrane structures
  • shape control
  • smart structures
  • space engineering
  • structural mechanics

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  • Mechanical Engineering

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Shape control of multi-cellular inflatable panels. / Katayama, N.; Ishimura, Kosei; Minesugi, K.; Inman, Daniel J.

In: Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 3, 01.09.2013, p. 276-282.

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Katayama, N. ; Ishimura, Kosei ; Minesugi, K. ; Inman, Daniel J. / Shape control of multi-cellular inflatable panels. In: Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 3. pp. 276-282.
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