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Numerical Analysis of Folding and Deployment Dynamics of Thin Shell Structures with Localized Folds


Canales Escobedo, Fabricio Gianfranco (2023) Numerical Analysis of Folding and Deployment Dynamics of Thin Shell Structures with Localized Folds. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/gt81-0s18.


This thesis focuses on the analysis of tape springs folded in the opposite sense and their dynamic deployment, and aims to use methods to reduce the computational cost of the analysis. The tape spring is a thin shell deployable structure that has features in common with other deployable structures. The deployment process of such structures can be difficult to predict, and the use of numerical models can be a more cost-effective alternative to experimental testing. Approaches to reduce the computational cost of the analysis of tape springs are investigated such as adaptive meshing and reduced order models. The thesis also presents an accurate analysis of tape spring deployment and a detailed study of the energies and the physics of the deployment. This is used to investigate the energy leak observed in previous tape spring deployment work. Overall, this thesis contributes to improving the efficiency and accuracy of the analysis of deployable structures, particularly tape springs, which can have significant applications in spacecraft technology.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Finite element, thin shell, deployable structure, isogeometric, hourglassing, energy
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Pellegrino, Sergio
Thesis Committee:
  • Meiron, Daniel I. (chair)
  • Bae, H. Jane
  • Schroeder, Peter
  • Pellegrino, Sergio
Defense Date:1 May 2023
Non-Caltech Author Email:giaf.can (AT)
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Space Solar Power ProjectUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:06012023-233806562
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:15271
Deposited By: Fabricio Canales Escobedo
Deposited On:03 Jun 2023 01:59
Last Modified:09 Jun 2023 19:19

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