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NASTRAN analysis of a wheel-rail loading on its foundationOne type of azimuth bearing for a large ground antenna (100 m) will consist of steel wheels, mounted at four corners of the alidade, rolling on a circular flat rail which provides the vertical restraints; a radial constraining bearing at the center of the alidade provides the horizontal restraints. One important design feature is the compressive stresses in the grout or concrete foundation under the wheel-rail load. A finite element analysis check was made of a particular design that consists of a steel rail resting on a concrete foundation. Symmetry was assumed as much as possible in order to minimize the models, but meaningful element sizes were used. Recently developed isoparametric hexahedron elements available in the NASTRAN computing program, which minimizes the number of elements required while maintaining the accuracy of the computed stresses, were used with two versions of NASTRAN. Test cases to check with the analytical solutions were made. A side loading was also applied to calculate the increase in the concrete stresses.
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Katow, M. S.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
February 15, 1978
Publication Information
Publication: The Deep Space Network
Subject Category
Structural Mechanics
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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