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Welcome to the Cornell

Space Structures Laboratory!

We harness nonlinear mechanics to create more capable structures in space, and enable high societal impact applications.

Our Research

Structural
instabilities

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In-space manufacturing and assembly

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Active structures

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News

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New paper on structural instabilities experiments!

Our work on "Experimentally probing the stability of thin-shell structures under pure bending" just got published in a special edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A! We developed a unique imperfection insensitive testing apparatus which allows to unveil complex shell stability features which were hitherto inaccessible experimentally. More details

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AIAA SciTech 2023: new paper and presentation

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New paper on numerical analysis of instabilities!

Our paper Probing the stability of thin-shell space structures under bending is out in the International Journal of Solids and Structures! We numerically "poke" a structure at multiple locations to understand how it is likely to buckle, and understand its complex stability near the theoretical buckling point. More details

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