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Multifunctional structure technologies for satellite applications

Aglietti, GS, Schwingshackl, CW and Roberts, SC (2007) Multifunctional structure technologies for satellite applications Shock and Vibration Digest, 39 (5). pp. 381-391.

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Conventional spacecraft subsystems are designed and manufactured separately, and are integrated only during the final stages of satellite development. This requires containers for the subsystems' hardware, mechanical interfaces, panels, frames, bulky wire harnesses, etc., which add considerable mass and volume. As all subsystems are generally secured to the structure, the multifunctional structure approach aims at merging these elements into the structure, so that the structure also carries out some of the typical functions of the subsystems (e.g. electrical energy storage). The main advantages are as follows: (i) removal of the bolted mechanical interfaces and most of the subsystems' containers; (ii) reduction of the satellite structure mass, as the strength of the parts of the subsystem imbedded into the structure are exploited, and substitute purely structural parts; (iii) reduction of the overall satellite volume, as elements such as battery packs or electronic harnesses can be built into the structure's volume. There are still issues that need to be addressed to allow a wider utilization of multifunctional structures. However, the development of concurrent engineering approaches, to carry out an integrated design of the spacecraft, together with advances in the subsystems' disciplines, will help to promote the further diffusion of multifunctional structures. © 2007 SAGE Pulications.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors : Aglietti, GS, Schwingshackl, CW and Roberts, SC
Date : 1 September 2007
DOI : 10.1177/0583102407077397
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2016 12:16
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 13:01

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