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A constraint Jacobian based approach for static analysis of pantograph masts

Nagaraj, BP and Pandiyan, R and Ghosal, Ashitava (2010) A constraint Jacobian based approach for static analysis of pantograph masts. In: Computers & Structures, 88 (1-2). pp. 95-104.

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This paper presents a constraint Jacobian matrix based approach to obtain the stiffness matrix of widely used deployable pantograph masts with scissor-like elements (SLE). The stiffness matrix is obtained in symbolic form and the results obtained agree with those obtained with the force and displacement methods available in literature. Additional advantages of this approach are that the mobility of a mast can be evaluated, redundant links and joints in the mast can be identified and practical masts with revolute joints can be analysed. Simulations for a hexagonal mast and an assembly with four hexagonal masts is presented as illustrations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Pantograph masts; Deployable structures; Null-space; Jacobian;Stiffness matrix.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Ms G Yashodha
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 12:08
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/25317

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