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Title: Study of ripple formation in unidirectionally-tensioned membranes
Authors: Lopez, Bernardo C.
Lih, Shyh-Shiuh
Leifer, Jack
Guzman, Gladys
Keywords: radar
Issue Date: 19-Apr-2004
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004
Citation: 45th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamincs & Materials Conference, Palm Springs, California, April 19, 2004
Series/Report no.: AIAA
Abstract: The study of membrane behavior is one of the areas of interest in the development of ultralightweight and lightweight structures for space applications. Utilization of membranes as loadcarrying components or support structure for antenna patch-arrays, collectors, sun-shades and solar-sail reflective surfaces brings about a variety of challenges that require understanding of the ripple-formation phenomenology, development of reliable test and analysis techniques, and solution methods for challenges related to the intended applications. This paper presents interim results from a study on the behavior of unidirectionally tensioned flat and singly-curved membranes. It focuses on preliminary experimental work to explore formation of ripples’ and on finite element analysis (FEA) to correlate and predict their formation on thin polyimide membrane models.
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