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Stiffness Characteristics of Membrane Space Structures Supported by Booms

[+] Author Affiliations
H. Tamaru, M. C. Natori, H. Yamakawa

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

T. Akita

Chiba Institute of Technology, Narashino, Chiba, Japan

Paper No. IMECE2012-88254, pp. 187-192; 6 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4517-2
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


A systematic parametric study on the stiffness characteristics of compound space structures consisted of membranes and booms is presented. Using a tension field finite element code including membrane wrinkle effects, basic vibration characteristics of a square planar membrane structures are shown, and the effects of various conditions of applied tension between membrane and boom elements are discussed.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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