Finite Element Analysis and Test Correlation of a 10-Meter Inflation-Deployed Solar Sail
- Derbes, Billy
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- Wang, John T., Slade, Kara N., Michii, Yuki, Sleight, David W., Lichodziejewski, David, and Mann. Troy O.
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- Under the direction of the NASA In-Space Propulsion Technology Office, the team of L Garde, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ball Aerospace, and NASA Langley Research Center has been developing a scalable solar sail configuration to address NASA's future space propulsion needs. Prior to a flight experiment of a full-scale solar sail, a comprehensive phased test plan is currently being implemented to advance the technology readiness level of the solar sail design. These tests consist of solar sail component, subsystem, and sub-scale system ground tests that simulate the vacuum and thermal conditions of the space environment. Recently, two solar sail test articles, a 7.4-m beam assembly subsystem test article and a 10-m four-quadrant solar sail system test article, were tested in vacuum conditions with a gravity-offload system to mitigate the effects of gravity. This paper presents the structural analyses simulating the ground tests and the correlation of the analyses with the test results. For programmatic risk reduction, a two-prong analysis approach was undertaken in which two separate teams independently developed computational models of the solar sail test articles using the finite element analysis software packages: NEiNastran and ABAQUS. This paper compares the pre-test and post-test analysis predictions from both software packages with the test data including load-deflection curves from static load tests, and vibration frequencies and mode shapes from vibration tests. The analysis predictions were in reasonable agreement with the test data. Factors that precluded better correlation of the analyses and the tests were uncertainties in the material properties, test conditions, and modeling assumptions used in the analyses.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20050175895.
AIAA Paper 2005-2121.
46th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference; 18-21 Apr. 2005; Austin, TX; United States.
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