Biomimetic approach for the creation of a deployable structure based on the blooming of the Morning Glory flower.

Fenci, GE, Currie, NGR ORCID: 0000-0001-9083-6482 and Weekes, L 2015, Biomimetic approach for the creation of a deployable structure based on the blooming of the Morning Glory flower. , in: International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015 : Future Visions, 17 - 20 August 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

This research project proposes the design of a freestanding, biomimetically inspired, deployable canopy. Nature inspires the structure in terms of mechanism and shape, allowing for the creation of a lightweight, multifunctional, and efficient deployable awning. A review of the key features characterising deployable structures along with an in depth investigation into the biological world created the rationale for the modelling of a foldable structure inspired by the blooming of a Morning Glory flower (Ipomea Violacea). By providing controls for each of the degrees of freedom in the system with hydraulic rams, the geometry was frozen at set deployment stages and a time-stepped analysis was created based on pseudo-static principles, showing the structure at various stages of deployment. The freezing of the structure allowed a parametric investigation of the most suitable deployment sequence to minimise the deployment forces and associated quantities of steel.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015
Publisher: International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)
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Depositing User: Giulia Evelina Fenci
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 10:09
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 13:10
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/47186

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