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Design and Analysis of a Cable-Driven Deployable Cylindrical Mechanism

[+] Author Affiliations
Hang Xiao, Shengnan Lu, Xilun Ding

Beihang University, Beijing, China

Paper No. DETC2018-85575, pp. V05BT07A042; 8 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5B: 42nd Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 26–29, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5181-4
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


This paper presents the design of a deployable cylindrical mechanism which is driven by cable. The deployable mechanism can be deployed to approximate a cylindrical surface and be folded into a compact bundle. Construction of the cylindrical surfaces with Bennett linkages is introduced. Geometric shape of the connecting bars and structure of the joints are designed for compact bundle-folding configuration and avoiding the interference. Position kinematics of the mechanism is solved. Cable system is designed to drive the mechanism to deploy. A direction-changeable mechanism used for cable pulleys is proposed and the optimal design parameters are obtained. A ground experimental prototype is fabricated to validate the proposed design and to show the feasibility of the designed mechanism.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME
Topics: Cables , Design



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