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Gravity and suspension effects on the dynamics of controlled structuresThe effects of gravity on the actuators, sensors and structural plant of a controlled flexible structure are investigated. These influences include gravity stiffening, gravity induced deformations, gravity influence on inertial sensors and actuators, and the interaction with the suspension system. For each of the four influences, a simplified model is derived, from which the appropriate non-dimensional parameter can be identified, and the magnitude of the influence estimated. The construction of a detailed numerical model, which includes the four gravity influences, is outlined. This modeling procedure is then applied to a simplified model of the Middeck Active Control Eperiment (MACE). The influence on the poles and input-output transfer function is examined for several variations in the plant. The modeling procedure is also applied to the MACE experimental hardware. Experimental and model-based transfer functions are compared to demonstrate the significant improvement by incorporating gravity effects.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Rey, Daniel A.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Crawley, Edward F.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Alexander, Harold L.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Glaese, Roger M.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Gaudenzi, Paolo
(MIT Cambridge, MA, 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. 6 (A93-33876 1
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 93-1662
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