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Deployment Testing of Flexible Composite Hinges in Bi-Material BeamsComposites have excellent properties for strength, thermal stability, and weight. However, they are traditionally highly rigid, and when used in deployable structures require hinges bonded to the composite material, which increases complexity and opportunities for failure. Recent research in composites has found by adding an elastomeric soft matrix, often silicone instead of an epoxy, the composite becomes flexible. This work explores the deployment repeatability of silicone matrix composite hinges which join rigid composite beams. The hinges were found to have sub-millimeter linear deployment repeatability, and sub-degree angular deployment repeatability. Also, an interesting relaxation effect was discovered, as a hinges deployment error would decrease with time.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Sauder, Jonathan F.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Trease, Brian
(Toledo Univ. Toledo, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 1, 2017
Publication Date
January 4, 2016
Subject Category
Composite Materials
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA SciTech 2016
Location: San Diego, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: January 4, 2016
End Date: January 6, 2016
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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