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Vol. 53 (2012) No. 4 December n. 174


Feasibility of the Universal Scissor Component (USC): Building a Full-Scale Deployable Dome

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 53 (2012) No. 4 December n. 174
  • Pages: 227-236
  • Title: Feasibility of the Universal Scissor Component (USC): Building a Full-Scale Deployable Dome
  • Author(s): N. De Temmerman, L. Alegría Mira and A. Vergauwen
  • Keywords: Deployable structures, scissor structures, Universal Scissor Component, geometric design, structural analysis, manufacturing and assembly, prototyping, icosahedron dome.
Abstract
A new multi-configurational Universal Scissor Component (USC) is developed for designing scissor structures in a generic way: the USC is used as a uniform 'building block' for a variety of configurations. The structures can be disassembled and the USC can then be reconfigured, enabling re-use (cfr. a kit-of-parts system), while the component’s uniformity favours mass-production, implying a cost benefit. Moreover, the diversity in possible structural forms invites multiple uses. This paper applies the novel USC concept to a full-scale deployable dome, which was built during the workshop of the Transformable Structures Study Group at the 7th International Seminar of the Structural Morphology Group (SMG - WG 15 of IASS) in September 2011. The aim of the prototype is to investigate the practical feasibility of the USC concept in terms of manufacturing, assembly and deployment process.

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