Dynamic effects of a radar panel mounted on a truss satellite

Armaghan Salehian, T. Michael Seigler, Daniel J. Inman

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Presented here is an approach to find an equivalent continuum model of a radar truss structure with a radar panel mounted to the side. Kinetic and potential energy expressions of repeated truss elements are expanded in terms of the displacement components at its center. Two methods are proposed to account for the kinetic energy of the panel. The first considers the panel as a discrete set of point masses and the second method assumes a solid panel of constant density. Hamilton's principle is used to find the equations of motion for six coordinates of vibration for this structure and the original truss. For the truss-panel assembly, this results in two sets of partial differential equations resembling the extended Timoshenko beam equations. Both Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko formulations are derived and a finite element analysis is presented for comparison. The results are shown to be in good agreement with those of a finite element. The model demonstrates a significant change in the dynamic properties as a result of the panel. In particular, the longitudinal and torsional motions become coupled with the bending coordinates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1642-1654
Number of pages13
JournalAIAA Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2007

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Funding Information:
This research was conducted at the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (CIMSS) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. This work was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) through NASA Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace, for which we are grateful. The authors also thank Pablo Tarazaga at CIMSS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, for providing us with figures of the three-dimensional schematic of the innovative space based radar antenna technology.

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  • Aerospace Engineering


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