The Folding of Triangulated Cylinders, Part III: Experiments

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S. D. Guest, S. Pellegrino

Engineering Department, Cambridge University, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ U.K.

J. Appl. Mech 63(1), 77-83 (Mar 01, 1996) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2787212 History: Received August 01, 1994; Revised December 23, 1994; Online October 26, 2007


This paper describes an experimental investigation of a type of foldable cylindrical structure, first presented in two earlier papers. Three cylinders of this type were designed and manufactured, and were then tested to find the force required to fold them. The results from these tests show some discrepancies with an earlier computational simulation, which was based on a pin-jointed truss model of the cylinders. Possible explanations for these discrepancies are explored, and are then verified by new simulations using computational models that include the effect of hinge stiffness, and the effect of geometric imperfections.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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