Applied Sciences, Vol. 13, Pages 6315: Analysis of the Mechanical Properties and Study of Influential Factors of Different Materials in Tape Spring

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Applied Sciences, Vol. 13, Pages 6315: Analysis of the Mechanical Properties and Study of Influential Factors of Different Materials in Tape Spring

Applied Sciences doi: 10.3390/app13106315

Authors:
Yang Yang
Fan Wang
Jieshan Liu

This paper analyzes and calculates the mechanical properties of composite tape spring structures during folding and bending and establishes a non-linear control equation for the folding and bending of composite laminate tape spring structures. Accurate expressions for folding and bending displacements are obtained. The influence of the cross-section’s central angle and the composite tape spring’s ply thickness on their mechanical properties are analyzed. Finite element numerical analysis is performed on [−45 45]s laminated composite tape springs, and the correctness of the theoretical derivation is proved by comparing the curvature radius-bending moment curve. Based on previous research, the mechanical properties of different tape spring materials and structures are compared, further studying the lightweight design of space deployment mechanisms. The results show that the steady-state bending moment performance of composite tape springs is excellent, with a 162.1% improvement in steady-state bending moment performance per unit mass compared to traditional metallic tape springs. Additionally, the critical bending moment performance of negative Poisson ratio honeycomb structure tape springs is also excellent, with a 62.3% improvement in steady-state bending moment performance per unit mass compared to traditional metallic tape springs.

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