These structures are not fully self-deployable, a starting force should be applied so
that the angle between the compressible struts and plates reach the self-deploying angle
(Od), i.e., the angle after which the structure is self deployable. The finite element
analysis in ANSYS 7.1 is done for the deployable mast and compared with two other
regular masts. The trade-off in using a deployable mast is that it is less stiff and weighs
more when compared to other typical masts
All facets of the deployable structures designed in this paper are not yet studied.
Due to the non-linear characteristics, the behaviors of the structures when a damper is
involved pose an interesting puzzle. A beneficial solution would be to fabricate a to-
scale model of the structures and determine the type of damping and the damping value
(C) by a trial and error method, so that the structures has a short settling time. Also the
vibration characteristics of the system should be determined and considered. If the need
arises, starter springs may be designed to make the structures completely self deployable,
in which case the structures will not be in equilibrium position when completely stowed.