Title Design and Fabrication of Light Rigidizable Inflatable Wings
Source Proc. 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conf.paper AIAA-2006-1695
Year 2006
Author(s) Hoyt Haight, A. E.; Allred, R. E.; Harrah, L. A.
Abstract The overall objective of this ongoing study is to develop light-curing resins and lighting systems to rigidize an inflatable wing for terrestrial and space applications. Rigidization of inflatable wings provides several potential advantages over current continuous pressure inflation/rigidization, including reducing the vulnerability to punctures, increasing stiffness and load-carrying capability, allowing a higher aspect ratio for high altitude efficiency and longer missions, and reducing weight by eliminating the make up pressurization supply. The present status of wing fabrication and demonstration using the concepts developed in this program is discussed.
Keywords Inflatable wings, rigidization, UV cure, rapid cure resin, light-curing resin