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An Assessment of Spacecraft Target Mode Selection Methods

Mercer, Judith, Aglietti, Guglielmo, Remedia, Marcello and Kiley, A (2017) An Assessment of Spacecraft Target Mode Selection Methods Acta Astronautica.

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Abstract

Coupled Loads Analyses (CLAs), using finite element models (FEMs) of the spacecraft and launch vehicle to simulate critical flight events, are performed in order to determine the dynamic loadings that will be experienced by spacecraft during launch. A validation process is carried out on the spacecraft FEM beforehand to ensure that the dynamics of the analytical model sufficiently represent the behavior of the physical hardware. One aspect of concern is the containment of the FEM correlation and update effort to focus on the vibration modes which are most likely to be excited under test and CLA conditions. This study therefore provides new insight into the prioritization of spacecraft FEM modes for correlation to base-shake vibration test data. The work involved example application to large, unique, scientific spacecraft, with modern FEMs comprising over a million degrees of freedom. This comprehensive investigation explores: the modes inherently important to the spacecraft structures, irrespective of excitation; the particular ‘critical modes’ which produce peak responses to CLA level excitation; an assessment of several traditional target mode selection methods in terms of ability to predict these ‘critical modes’; and an indication of the level of correlation these FEM modes achieve compared to corresponding test data. Findings indicate that, although the traditional methods of target mode selection have merit and are able to identify many of the modes of significance to the spacecraft, there are ‘critical modes’ which may be missed by conventional application of these methods. The use of different thresholds to select potential target modes from these parameters would enable identification of many of these missed modes. Ultimately, some consideration of the expected excitations is required to predict all modes likely to contribute to the response of the spacecraft in operation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Mercer, Judithj.mercer@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Aglietti, Guglielmog.aglietti@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Remedia, Marcellom.remedia@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Kiley, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 19 December 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Target mode selection, Coupled loads analysis, modal analysis, finite element analysis.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 19 Sep 2017 11:17
Last Modified : 19 Sep 2017 11:17
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842317

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