Alternative Suspension System for Space Shuttle Avionics Shelf
- Biele, Frank H., III
- August 2010.
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- 1 electronic document
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- Engineers working in the Aerospace field under deadlines and strict budgets often miss the opportunity to design something that is considered new or innovative, favoring instead to use the tried-and-true design over those that may, in fact, be more efficient. This thesis examines an electronic equipment stowage shelf suspended from a frame in the cargo bay (mid fuselage) of the United States Space Transportation System (STS), the Space Shuttle, and 3 alternative designs. Four different designs are examined and evaluated. The first design is a conventional truss, representing the tried and true approach. The second is a cable dome type structure consisting of struts and pre-stressed wiring. The third and fourth are double layer tensegrity systems consisting of contiguous struts of the order k=1 and k=2 respectively.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20100021125.
- Copyright, Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights.
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