A Method for Constructing Reconfigurable Deployable Polyhedral Mechanism

Ruiming Li*, Yan’ an Yao, Xianwen Kong

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This paper proposes a class of reconfigurable deployable polyhedral mechanisms (RDPMs). The reconfigurable property of angulated element is revealed first, and the concept of reconfigurable angulated element (RAE) with four half-platforms is then introduced. The reconfigurable conditions of RAE are derived based on the reconfigurable position (also transition configuration). With RAEs as modules, a method is proposed for constructing RDPMs. Moreover, reconfigurable generalized angulated elements (RGAE) composed of two GAEs are investigated with their reconfigurable conditions identified. Using 1-SE-2-RGAEs, a tetrahedral RDPM with a large magnification ratio is also constructed. Here, SE stands for straight element. The work provides a systematic approach to the design of RDPMs which can switch between two kinds of conventional DMPs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots II
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-23327-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-23326-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992


  • Angulated element
  • Radially reciprocating motion
  • Reconfigurable deployable polyhedral mechanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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