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Folding and deploying identical thick panels with spring-loaded hinges

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Many large deployable flat rigid arrays for aerospace applications, e.g., solar panels and reflectarray antennas, are preferably made from identical panels. It is challenging to pack them into a compact bundle before launching and deploy to a flat surface once in the orbit, especially if they are having bi-directional deployments. In this paper, we propose a folding scheme based on the Hamiltonian circuit that can successfully fold a chessboard-like array into a compact package with two stack...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.eml.2022.101637

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Engineering Science
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
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Author
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Extreme Mechanics Letters Journal website
Volume:
52
Article number:
101637
Publication date:
2022-02-02
Acceptance date:
2022-01-17
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EISSN:
2352-4316
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1265067
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pubs:1265067
Deposit date:
2022-06-23

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