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Kinematic design of a reconfigurable deployable canopy
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A reconfigurable and deployable mechanism is proposed for a canopy which can also be used as a tent or a semi-open structure. The proposed single degree-of-freedom mechanism has four as-sembly modes. The conditions for deployment and reconfiguration of the mechanism are derived. These conditions impose three equality and two inequality constraints on the 11 design parameters of the mechanism. A virtual model of the mechanism is constructed in Excel for design and simulation purposes. A computational case study is presented.