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Folded orthotropic tape-springs

Seffen, KA and Wang, B and Guest, SD (2019) Folded orthotropic tape-springs. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 123. pp. 138-148. ISSN 0022-5096

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We consider the large-displacement, elastic folding of orthotropic tape-springs—thin-walled curved strips made from metal and from a woven laminated composite. Bending of the strips leads to a tight localised fold with a characteristic radius, connected on both sides to straight parts by doubly-curved transition, or ploy, regions. We calculate the shapes of these consistent features for a range of orthotropic parameters using geometrically non-linear, compact models. This study is our initial foray into the performance of tape-springs as safety latching mechanisms for aircraft landing gear.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Structures
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 20:12
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 09:43
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmps.2018.09.017