Effects of Long-Term Stowage on the Deployment of Bistable Tape Springs

Alex Brinkmeyer*, Sergio Pellegrino, Paul M. Weaver

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the context of strain-energy-deployed space structures, material relaxation effects play a significant role in structures that are stowed for long durations, for example, in a space vehicle prior to launch. Here, the deployment of an ultrathin carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) tape spring is studied, with the aim of understanding how longduration stowage affects its deployment behavior. Analytical modeling and experiments show that the deployment time increases predictably with stowage time and temperature, and analytical predictions are found to compare well with experiments. For cases where stress relaxation is excessive, the structure is shown to lose its ability to deploy autonomously.

Original languageEnglish
Article number011008
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics
Issue number1
Early online date9 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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