Dynamic analysis of a cylindrical boom based on Miura origami

Jianguo Cai, Ya Zhou, Xinyu Wang, Yixiang Xu, Jian Feng

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The dynamic behavior of the deployment and folding process of a foldable boom based on the Miura origami pattern is investigated in this paper. Firstly, mechanical behavior of a single storey during the motion is studied numerically. Then the deployment and folding of a multi-storey boom is discussed. Moreover, the influence of the geometry parameters and the number of Miura-ori elements n on the dynamic behavior of the boom is also studied. Finally, the influence of the imperfection on the dynamic behavior is investigated. The results show that the angles between the diagonal folds and horizontal folds will have great effect on the strains during the motion. A bistable configuration can be obtained by choosing proper fold angles for a given multi-storey boom. The influence of the imperfection on the folding behavior of the foldable mast is significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-615
Number of pages9
JournalSteel and Composite Structures
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Bistable
  • Boom
  • Dynamic behavior
  • Miura-ori
  • Origami
  • Tubular structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Metals and Alloys


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