Biomimetic approach for the creation of a deployable structure based on the blooming of the morning glory flower

Fenci, GE, Currie, NGR ORCID: https://orcid.org/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) 2015 Amsterdam Symposium: Future Visions, 17th-20th August 2015, Amsterdam, 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 brought to the modelling of a foldable structure inspired by the blooming of a Morning Glory flower (Ipomea Violacea). Through providing controls for each of the degrees of freedom in the proposed system with hydraulic rams, the geometry could be frozen at set deployment stages and, subsequently, 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 be developed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia, IASS 2015 Amsterdam Symposium: Future Visions – Deployable and Adaptable Structures
Publisher: IASS
ISSN: 2518-6582
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Mr N Currie
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 09:59
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 20:22
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37107

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