Abstract

Since Hyer's pioneering work on shape prediction of unsymmetric cross ply laminates 30 years ago there has been a surge of interest in these laminates for multistable structures in morphing applications such as aerodynamic control surfaces, deployment, and twisting devices. Bistable and multistable structures are desirable because they exhibit good stiffness and their actuators only need to work during transition between shapes. Alternative ways of gaining bistability include prestressing, flexural rigidity variation and tailoring initial curvatures. This article briefly reviews developments in modelling of multistable composites and then focuses on applications of morphing composites in aerospace.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference 2012
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
ISBN (Print)9781600869372
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Event53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 23 Apr 201226 Apr 2012

Conference

Conference53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period23/04/1226/04/12

Bibliographical note

Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference

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