A critical review of previous work on the unfurling of helically curved tubes (Greschik et al, 1994, 1996) is conducted, which leads to the proposition of a continuous and smooth deployment concept akin to the Collapsible Tube Mast (Aguirre, 1985) for curved tubes. This involves the collapse of the cross section and the subsequent roll-up of its halves one upon the other onto a storage drum. The concept’s applicability to closed tubes is investigated and a method for the alleviation of the deleterious membrane strains in the stowed state is proposed.

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