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The Tape Spring Hinge Deployment System of the EU:CROPIS Solar Panels

Mierheim, Olaf and Glaser, Thilo and Hobbie, Catherin Fiona and Kottmeier, Sebastian and Hühne, Christian (2018) The Tape Spring Hinge Deployment System of the EU:CROPIS Solar Panels. In: EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON SPACECRAFT STRUCTURES, MATERIALS AND MECHANICAL TESTING, PROCEEDINGS. European Conference on Spacecraft Strucutres, Materials and Environmental Testing, 28.5.-1.6.18, Noordwijk, Niederlande.

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Eu:CROPIS is a compact satellite featuring a biological. The cylindrical Satellite of 1m diameter has four deployable panels for power generation. Those panels are connected to the main structure by glassfiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) tape spring hinges. The hinges, comparable to curved metallic measuring tapes, have elastic energy stored when flattened and folded and thus deploy the panels by simply unfolding. When unfolded the hinges snap into their original shape and support the panels with considerable stiffness. No friction or mechanical locking is involved in the deploying process, which increases the systems reliability. Despite all these advantages other design aspects need special consideration. The GFRP needs to be protected against environmental influences like atomic oxygen and heat. Depending on the folded state and the hinge configuration the length of the hinges cannot be chosen freely. The installation process requires consideration as well. While the hinges are very flexible in the folded state they have to be installed quite accurately to be able to snap into their deployed position and fully support the panel. The panels do not deploy around one single axis but also do lateral movements. Even though the hinges are able to support the panels in the deployed position, they provide very low support during deployment. Therefore, gravity compensation is required for testing which should have a very low influence on the deployment. The presented paper gives an insight into the tape spring hinge deployment system of Eu:CROPIS. Design iterations are explained with the background of the decision making process influenced by the overall satellite configuration, tests and testability, experiences gained during integration and PA considerations. Further details of the manufacturing and integration process are described. The verification concept is outlined and explained. Tests performed for verification or gaining experience are described including the setup and considerations for the tests to be representative.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/120793/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Tape Spring Hinge Deployment System of the EU:CROPIS Solar Panels
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Mierheim, Olafolaf.mierheim (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Glaser, ThiloInstitut für Faserverbundleichtbau und AdaptronikUNSPECIFIED
Hobbie, Catherin FionaCatherin.Hobbie (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3612-2785
Kottmeier, SebastianSebastian.kottmeier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hühne, Christianchristian.huehne (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:28 May 2018
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Keywords:Tape Spring Hinge; Deployment; Solar Array; Solar Panel; Elastic Hinge; Flexure;
Event Title:European Conference on Spacecraft Strucutres, Materials and Environmental Testing
Event Location:Noordwijk, Niederlande
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:28.5.-1.6.18
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project eu:cropis (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems > Functional Lightweight Structures
Institute of Space Systems > Quality Management
Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Deposited By: Mierheim, Olaf
Deposited On:23 Aug 2018 09:37
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:18

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