Deployment behavior of modularized structures

Kosei Ishimura*, M. C. Natori

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Deployment behavior of modularized structures is numerically analyzed from the viewpoint of synchronism. Elastic panels with single and double accordion folding patterns are examined as examples of modularized structures. Through computer simulations, it is shown that asynchronous deployments are caused by inertia forces. To improve the synchronism of the deployment, autonomous distributed control method is proposed. Control rules are driven based on equations of heat conduction and wave propagation. It is confirmed that simple autonomous distributed control can improve the synchronism of the deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-432
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Aerospace Division (Publication) AD
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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