The Effect of Pressure on the Bending Characteristics of an Actuator System

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Paul Seide

Space Technology Laboratories, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 27(3), 429-437 (Sep 01, 1960) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3644019 History: Received January 26, 1959; Online September 16, 2011


The effect of internal or external pressure on the bending of a cantilevered bellows, the movable end of which is permitted only to rotate about a fixed point on the longitudinal axis of the beam, is investigated. It is found that the bending characteristics of the system vary considerably with changes in pressure and pivot-point location and that instability of the system may occur. The experimental results given lend to confirm the behavior predicted by the theory.

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