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Modeling and Analysis of Wrinkled Membranes: An OverviewThin-film membranes are basic elements of a variety of space inflatable/deployable structures. Wrinkling degrades the performance and reliability of these membrane structures, and hence has been a topic of continued interest. Wrinkling analysis of membranes for general geometry and arbitrary boundary conditions is quite challenging. The objective of this presentation is two-fold. Firstly, the existing models of wrinkled membranes and related numerical solution methods are reviewed. The important issues to be discussed are the capability of a membrane model to characterize taut, wrinkled and slack states of membranes in a consistent and physically reasonable manner; the ability of a wrinkling analysis method to predict the formation and growth of wrinkled regions, and to determine out-of-plane deformation and wrinkled waves; the convergence of a numerical solution method for wrinkling analysis; and the compatibility of a wrinkling analysis with general-purpose finite element codes. According to this review, several opening issues in modeling and analysis of wrinkled membranes that are to be addressed in future research are summarized, The second objective of this presentation is to discuss a newly developed membrane model of two viable parameters (2-VP model) and associated parametric finite element method (PFEM) for wrinkling analysis are introduced. The innovations and advantages of the proposed membrane model and PFEM-based wrinkling analysis are: (1) Via a unified stress-strain relation; the 2-VP model treat the taut, wrinkled, and slack states of membranes consistently; (2) The PFEM-based wrinkling analysis has guaranteed convergence; (3) The 2-VP model along with PFEM is capable of predicting membrane out-of-plane deformations; and (4) The PFEM can be integrated into any existing finite element code. Preliminary numerical examples are also included in this presentation to demonstrate the 2-VP model and PFEM-based wrinkling analysis approach.
Document ID
20010089255
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Yang, B. (University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA United States)
Ding, H. (University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA United States)
Lou, M. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Fang, H. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Broduer, Steve
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 6, 2001
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Meeting Information
FEMCI Workshop 2001: Innovative FEM Solutions to Challenging Problems(Greenbelt, MD)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.