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Modelling the effect of electrical harness on microvibration response of structures

Remedia, M, Aglietti, GS and Richardson, G (2015) Modelling the effect of electrical harness on microvibration response of structures Acta Astronautica, 109. pp. 88-102.

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The term "microvibrations" generally refers to accelerations in the region of micro-g, occurring over a wide frequency range, up to say 500-1000 Hz. The main issues related to microvibrations are their control and minimisation, which requires their modelling and analysis. A particular challenge is posed in the mid-frequency range, where many of the micro-vibration sources on board a spacecraft tend to act. In this case, in addition to the typical issues related to predicting responses in the mid-frequency, the low amplitude of the inputs can produce further non-linear behaviour which can manifest as uncertainties. A typical example is the behaviour of cables secured onto panels; when very low forces are applied, the presence of harness can influence the characteristics of the panel in terms of stiffness and damping values. In these circumstances, the cables themselves couple with the panel, hence become paths for vibration transmission. The common practise is to model such cables as Non-Structural Mass; however, this paper illustrates that this method does not yield accurate results. In order to demonstrate this, an experimental campaign was conducted investigating a honeycomb panel, which was tested bare and with different configurations of harness secured to it. The results of this experimental campaign showed significantly different behaviour of the structure depending on the amplitude of the loads and the frequency. In particular, it was found that the effects the addition of the cables had on the panel were different depending on the frequency range considered. Based on this observation, a general methodology to deal with the whole frequency range is presented here and the basis to extend it to the case of more complex structures is also proposed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Surrey Space Centre
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Date : 1 April 2015
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.12.017
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Technology, Engineering, Aerospace, Engineering, Harness, Mid-frequency, Microvibration, Modelling methodology, Craig-Bampton Stochastic Method, ACTIVE CONTROL DESIGN, CABLE-STAYED BRIDGES, EXPERIMENTAL VALIDATION, SPACE-TELESCOPE, POINTING SYSTEM, LOADED PANEL
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Additional Information : © 2015. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 18 Nov 2015 14:17
Last Modified : 02 Apr 2016 01:08

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