This paper presents a new design of a deployable one degree-of-freedom (DOF) mechanism. Polygonal rigid-link designs are first investigated. Then, belt-driven links are considered in order to maximize the expansion ratio while avoiding flattened ill-conditioned parallelogram configurations. The planar basic shape of the proposed design is a triangle. Hence, virtually any planar or spatial surface can be created by assembling such faces. For architecture and telescopic applications, the cupola assembly is investigated. The advantages of this approach are discussed, and the scalability is demonstrated. Finally, a prototype is built for illustration purposes.
Synthesis and Design of a One Degree-of-Freedom Planar Deployable Mechanism With a Large Expansion Ratio
Manuscript received June 25, 2015; final manuscript received November 9, 2015; published online January 18, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Jian S. Dai.
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St-Onge, D., and Gosselin, C. (January 18, 2016). "Synthesis and Design of a One Degree-of-Freedom Planar Deployable Mechanism With a Large Expansion Ratio." ASME. J. Mechanisms Robotics. April 2016; 8(2): 021025. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4032101
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