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Probabilistic Assessment of Adaptive Space Truss Configurations for Thermal Buckling ResistanceA three-bay, cantilever truss of a type typically used in space structures, is probabilistically evaluated to configure adaptive/smart/intelligent behavior for resisting thermal buckling. This buckling is due to nonuniform thermal loads and a combination of these loads with applied loads and moments (mechanical loads). For each behavior the scatter (ranges) in buckling loads and member axial forces are probabilistically determined. Sensitivities associated with uncertainties in the structural and material variables that describe the truss, as well as scatter in mechanical and thermal loads, are determined for different probabilities. The relative magnitude of these sensitivities are used to identify significant truss variables that control/classify the truss behavior and cause it to respond as an adaptive/smart/ intelligent structure. Results show that the probabilistic buckling loads increase for adaptive and intelligent truss classifications, with a substantial increase for intelligent trusses. Similarly, the probabilistic member axial forces decrease for each truss classification.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Pai, Shantaram S.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: In: AIAA(ASME)ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 34th and AIAA/ASME Adaptive Structures Forum, La Jolla, CA, Apr. 19-22, 1993, Technical Papers. Pt. 5 (A93-33876 1
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Subject Category
Structural Mechanics
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 93-1622
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