A Cellular Kirigami Morphing Wingbox Concept

K Saito, F Agnese, FL Scarpa

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Abstract This work introduces the design and manufacturing of a wingbox based on a cellular hexagonal morphology, and produced using kirigami techniques. The wingbox is manufactured in autoclave-cured woven kevlar fabric using ply-cutting patterns designed around an airfoil profile. The cellular wingbox can be completely of partially folded, providing some shape adapting capabilities for possible morphing applications. A numerical and analytical evaluation of the torsional stiffness of the wingbox with novel elastomeric face skins is also performed.
Translated title of the contributionA Cellular Kirigami Morphing Wingbox Concept
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935 - 944
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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