Global static testing and modeling of stiffened thin film polyimide panel-arrays

Jonathan T. Black, Suzanne Weaver Smith, Jack Leifer

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Stiff, thermal-formed polyimide panels are examples of next generation space structures that address some of the issues of membrane-dominated ultra-lightweight structures while maintaining their low mass and low stowage volume characteristics. The research presented here involved statically characterizing and modeling one of these panels - 0.1875 m2 with a mass of 81 g - to develop computer models which can be used to determine the effects of changing manufacturing parameters and scalability. Cantilevered bending tests characterized panel behavior. These data were replicated by simple, coarsely-meshed shell element finite element models that are significantly smaller than previous finite element models of similar structures.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
StatePublished - 2008
Event49th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference - Schaumburg, IL, United States
Duration: Apr 7 2008Apr 10 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • General Materials Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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