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Environmental Disturbance Modeling for Large Inflatable Space Structures
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Environmental Disturbance Modeling for Large Inflatable Space Structures

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ISBN-13:
9781288331550
Einband:
Paperback
Seiten:
222
Autor:
Donald J. Davis
Gewicht:
404 g
Format:
246x189x13 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Tightening space budgets and stagnating spacelift capabilities are driving the Air Force and other space agencies to focus on inatable technology as a reliable, inexpensive means of deploying large structures in orbit. Recent improvements in rigidization techniques make the use of these inatable structures feasible for a growing number of missions. For many of these missions, the primary design requirement is dimensional accuracy of the structure. Finite element analysis offers a means of predicting structural behavior in orbit. The analysis requires knowledge of external loads. This thesis examines the environmental disturbances which act upon large, orbiting structures. Calculations are made on a base model to relate the torques generated by these disturbances to the orbital altitude. This facilitates identification of the critical loads for large, inatable structures. An environmental disturbance model is then developed in MATLAB. The model calculates the critical loads on each element of a faceted structure as it propagates through its orbit.