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A Virtual Testing Approach for Spacecraft Structures Post-Correlation Purposes

Remedia, Marcello, Aglietti, Guglielmo, Appolloni, M, Cozzani, A and Kiley, A (2016) A Virtual Testing Approach for Spacecraft Structures Post-Correlation Purposes In: 14th European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Environmental Testing (ECSSMET 2016), 2016-09-27 - 2016-09-30, Toulouse, France.

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During launch, a spacecraft undergoes loads ranging from quasi-static to highly transient or harmonic low frequency events, from higher frequency shock loads to acoustic excitations. In order to reproduce such a dynamic diversity, fixed base sinusoidal tests, wide band acoustic loading and different regimes of shock testing are implemented in the test facilities. In this article, the main focus is on fixed base sinusoidal tests, fundamental for a number of reasons, including demonstrating that the satellite can withstand the low frequency dynamic environment and validating the mathematical model which will then be also used for coupled load analysis purposes. For the latter, a post-test correlation process is carried out and the basic assumption is trusting the experimental results obtained from shaker testing. In reality, some of these assumptions (e.g. “infinitely” stiff boundary and inertial properties of the shaker) are not correct, as for the kind of applications treated in this article experimental results are significantly affected by boundary flexibilities, modes of the shaker/head expander and non-perfect implementation of the control algorithm in the electronic hardware. In the last decade, there has been a growing interest in virtual testing, with the long-term view to use simulation as substitute for the majority of testing, but currently under investigation for pre-test response predictions and post-test correlation. Here, the satellite is mathematically modelled along with the shaker and the control system. In this article, in particular, a simulation capability of longitudinal closed loop control simulation of the ESA electrodynamic shaker (QUAD) flexible body coupled with a test specimen (Bepi Colombo) flexible model is developed. This shows how significant the differences are when looking at the analytical results from two different perspectives (standard Finite Element Analysis and Virtual Testing implementation). The focus of this article is specifically on post-test correlation: correlation methods are used for both procedures and results show significant improvements when the satellite Finite Element Model undergoes the virtual testing approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Abstract)
Subjects : Electronic Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Appolloni, M
Cozzani, A
Kiley, A
Date : December 2016
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Oct 2016 15:18
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:09

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