Aircraft structural morphing using tendon actuated compliant cellular trusses

Deepak S. Ramrkahyani, George A. Lesieutre, Mary Frecker, Smita Bharti

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A tendon-actuated compliant cellular truss is advanced as a means of realizing morphing aircraft structures. The truss members of the unit cell are connected through compliant joints such that only modest bending moments may be transmitted from one member to another. The tendon-actuated compliant truss can be made to behave locally, and temporarily as a near-mechanism, by releasing appropriate cables. The octahedral unit cell is capable of achieving smooth deformations of the truss structure.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • General Materials Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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