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Structural performance of a multifunctional spacecraft structure based on plastic lithium-ion batteries

Roberts, SC and Aglietti, GS (2010) Structural performance of a multifunctional spacecraft structure based on plastic lithium-ion batteries Acta Astronautica, 67 (3-4). pp. 424-439.

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A multifunctional structure reduces the mass and volume of a spacecraft through the removal of parasitic components of a functional structure, such as the purely structural "packaging" of the battery. Commercially available cells, of the plastic lithium-ion type, may be incorporated into structural sandwich panels, eliminating the need for a secondary structure in the battery subsystem. Locating the cells in the structure also removes them from the bus, which reduces the volume of the craft and, consequently, reduces the mass of the primary structure. Although the batteries studied in this work exhibited low mechanical properties, this paper will show that, by placing the cells carefully within the sandwich panel, structural performance is not compromised. Finite element models show a reduction in peak stress and deformation in multifunctional panels, compared to a conventional design, when a favourable layout is selected. Less conclusive results for peak acceleration, however, suggest that this type of multifunctional structure may not be appropriate for all applications. Comparison of the finite element modelling technique with a real panel's behaviour shows that the deformation and stress predicted by the model is consistent with reality, whilst the acceleration is reliable for low frequencies. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors : Roberts, SC and Aglietti, GS
Date : 1 August 2010
DOI : 10.1016/j.actaastro.2010.03.004
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2016 10:42
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 13:01

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