Preassembled scissor structures are transportable and can be transformed rapidly while offering a huge volume expansion. Intended geometrical incompatibilities between the members during transformation can be introduced as a design strategy to obtain bistability, which allows instantaneously achieving some structural stability in the deployed state. In such bistable scissor structures, these incompatibilities result in the bending of some specific members that are under compression with a controlled snap-through behavior. This contribution investigates the nonlinear structural behavior of bistable scissor structures during transformation using finite element models. Attempts to model the complete transformation cycle of bistable scissor structures remain scarce, partially because the underlying phenomena and modeling concepts are complex. The main goal of this contribution is to propose a 3D nonlinear structural model for the simulation of the deployment of bistable scissor structures including geometrical imperfections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018
Subtitle of host publicationCreativity in Structural Design
EditorsCaitlin Mueller, Sigrid Adriaenssens
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherInternational Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventIASS Symposium 2018: Creativity in Structural Design - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 201820 Jul 2018


ConferenceIASS Symposium 2018
CountryUnited States

    Research areas

  • transformable structures, scissor structures, bistability, snap-through, nonlinear computational mechanics, finite elements, geometrical imperfections

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