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Title: Self-erecting shapes

Abstract

Technologies for making self-erecting structures are described herein. An exemplary self-erecting structure comprises a plurality of shape-memory members that connect two or more hub components. When forces are applied to the self-erecting structure, the shape-memory members can deform, and when the forces are removed the shape-memory members can return to their original pre-deformation shape, allowing the self-erecting structure to return to its own original shape under its own power. A shape of the self-erecting structure depends on a spatial orientation of the hub components, and a relative orientation of the shape-memory members, which in turn depends on an orientation of joining of the shape-memory members with the hub components.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1368209
Patent Number(s):
9695586
Application Number:
15/156,132
Assignee:
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B64 - AIRCRAFT B64G - COSMONAUTICS
E - FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS E04 - BUILDING E04B - GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2016 May 16
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Reading, Matthew W. Self-erecting shapes. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Reading, Matthew W. Self-erecting shapes. United States.
Reading, Matthew W. Tue . "Self-erecting shapes". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1368209.
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