Multistable Textured Shell Structures

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Multistable structures are a promising basis for reconfigurable systems. A multistable structure will remain in one of its stable configurations until actuation forces it to move to another stable configuration. This paper will describe a promising method of forming structures with useful multiple stable states by using prestressed textured shell surfaces. Textured shell structures have features at a scale intermediate between the global structural scale, and the material scale, and can have some remarkable structural properties. This paper will describe two simple examples: a globally flat, but corrugated shell, and a globally curved, doubly corrugated shell. Both structures show additional stable equilibrium configurations that would not be possible without the textured surface.

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Edited by:

Pietro VINCENZINI and Giuseppe D'ARRIGO

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168-173

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/AST.54.168

Citation:

A.D. Norman et al., "Multistable Textured Shell Structures", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 54, pp. 168-173, 2008

Online since:

September 2008

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