A Novel Deployable Structure Devised from a Kresling-Scissor Interface

Christopher S. Bentley, Ryan L. Harne

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Recent developments have shown that spatial structures devised from origami or low-dimensional rigid linkage mechanisms can be used to construct deployable arrays for antennas or satellites. Yet, some of these structures are limited to deploying in fixed planes or directions. This research introduces a reconfigurable single-degree-of-freedom spatial structure devised from a Kresling-inspired mechanism and scissor arms. Analytical models are constructed to demonstrate compaction, deployment, and acoustic wave guiding capabilities of the proposed structure. A case study using the linear scissor arm configuration is presented to illustrate the modular scissor arm behavior and large deployment-to-compaction volume ratio of the system. A second case study is also presented to demonstrate the acoustic wave guiding capabilities of the Kresling-Scissor structure by utilizing spiral scissor arms, thereby proposing a novel concept for constructing deployable spiral wave guiding arrays. The results encourage broader exploration of the interfaces between origami structures and rigid linkage mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials XVII
EditorsAimy Wissa, Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto, Russell W. Mailen
ISBN (Electronic)9781510660755
StatePublished - 2023
EventBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials XVII 2023 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2023Mar 14 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceBehavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials XVII 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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