For origami-based designs to be functional, they need to be stable. Typically, stability is achieved through the introduction of exterior supports or members. This work focuses on incorporating stability into deployable origami-based engineering applications, including the development of deployable stiffeners or hard stops and generating concepts for stable origami-based systems in specific applications. Two types of deployable stiffeners are developed. Models for transcrease hard stops are presented, which can be directly implemented into origami-patterns to block motion at a specified angle. Thickness Utilizing Deployable Hard Stops (ThUDS), adapted from the transcrease hard stop models, can be implemented into thick materials for use in origami-based design. The application of self-deploying, self-locking ThUDS in an origami-based CubeSat reflectarray is shown, designed using optimization principles. Last, various multistable furniture concepts are presented, with stability incorporated into the concept design. These concepts focus on using composite wood as the base material, due to wood's abundance and commonality in furniture design.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Andrews, David Wayne, "Incorporating Stability in Deployable Origami-based Engineering Applications" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 8616.
origami-based design, stability, foldable furniture, deployable hard stop, kirigami, origami