Concept of inflatable tensegrity for large space structures

Hiroshi Furuya, Makiko Nakahara, Satoshi Murata, Daisuke Jodoi, Yuzuru Terada, Keiki Takadama

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8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The structural concept with inflatable tensegrity is proposed for automatic assembly and maintenance by space manipulator robots to construct very large space structures as solar power satellite. The structural properties of the inflatable module, which consists of inflatable tube as compression element and cables, are investigated theoretically. Then, a scaled prototype of the module was demonstrated to evaluate storage efficient packaging and its deployment by inflatable tubes. The results show that the inflatable tensegrity module can avoid a complex manifold to connect the inflatable tubes, and thus, the higher packaging capability is realized. Also, the deployment process of the inflatable tensegrity module was depend on the air-flow rate for the inflation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
Subtitle of host publication14th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference, 8th AIAA Non-deterministic App
Pages1322-1330
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference - Newport, RI, United States
Duration: 2006 May 12006 May 4

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
Volume2
ISSN (Print)0273-4508

Other

Other47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNewport, RI
Period06/5/106/5/4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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