Astrophysicist turned Engineer turning Entrepreneur
I work with materials known as bistable composites. These are tubes that are happy to be both extended or rolled up without the need of an enclosure, lending themselves to compact, lightweight and easy-to-deploy applications. I research curved and helical shaped tubes, looking into the effect the shape of the tube has on the final coiled up state. You can find my project and research updates via ResearchGate.
Knott, G. and Viquerat, A. Modeling the Bistability of Laminated Composite Toroidal Slit Tubes. 57th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. San Diego, US. Jan. 2016.
Wu, C., Knott, G. and Viquerat A. Dynamics of Curved Bistable Reeled Composites. 14th European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Environmental Testing (ECSSMET). Toulouse, France. Sept. 2016.
Knott, G., Suliga, A. and Viquerat A. Deployable Parabolic Sail Structure for Solar Photon Thrusters. 4th International Symposium on Solar Sailing (ISSS 2017). Kyoto, Japan. Jan. 2017.