Mobile assemblies of four-spherical-4R-integrated linkages and the associated four-crease-integrated rigid origami patterns

Chen, Y, Lv, W, Peng, R and Wei, G ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2613-902X 2019, 'Mobile assemblies of four-spherical-4R-integrated linkages and the associated four-crease-integrated rigid origami patterns' , Mechanism and Machine Theory, 142 .

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Abstract

Rigid origami, which can be regarded as assemblies of spherical linkages, inspires a new paradigm of design for mechanical metamaterials and deployable structural systems with large deployable ratio. In this paper, the kinematic properties of assemblies of spherical 4R linkages are studied, and new rigid origami patterns are obtained. Kinematics of a single loop spherical 4R linkage is firstly presented, and by assigning four specified values for the four twist angles, and defining four pairs of specified input and output angles, 16 maps between the input and output angles are obtained resulting in 256 types of special spherical 4R linkages. By merging four identical spherical 4R linkages into a single loop, three basic mobile assemblies are constructed and the one-degree-of-freedom kinematic compatibility condition is formulated. Through alteration of the four vertex linkages in the three basic assemblies, variations of the basic assemblies are generated. Consequently, by adding further geometric conditions, novel rigid origami patterns are obtained leading to the tessellation of the spherical-4R-linkage-integrated assemblies. Hence, this paper provides a novel approach for generating new rigid origami patterns which can lead to the development of foldable structures and tessellations with potential applications in robotics, smart architectures, mechanical metamaterials and space exploration.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Mechanism and Machine Theory
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0094-114X
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Depositing User: Dr Guowu Wei
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 09:02
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 09:33
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/52819

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