A plane linkage and its tessellation for deployable structure

Xuesong Chen, Huijuan Feng, Jiayao Ma, Yan Chen

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Deployable structures are widely used in space applications such as solar arrays and an- tennas. Recently, inspired by origami, more deployable structures have been developed. This paper outlined a novel design scheme for deployable structures by taking a plane linkage as an origami unit with a large deployable ratio. The mountain and valley (M-V) crease assignment and kinematics of the plane linkage were analyzed. Physical interfer- ence in the folding progress was discovered geometrically and resolved by the split-vertex technique. Finally, tessellation of the derived pattern was successfully used to create a large-deployable-ratio structure, which was found to exhibit considerable potential in fu- ture space applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103605
Number of pages15
JournalMechanism and Machine Theory
Early online date3 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


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