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An analysis of an inflatable module for planetary surfacesDesign and construction of a structure on planetary surfaces requires addressing a host of issues not encountered on earth. A modular quilted inflatable structure consisting of thin membranes of composite material integrated with supporting columns and arches is proposed. An initial linear analysis of the structure is briefly reviewed. The actual response of an inflatable membrane is nonlinear and, hence, a nonlinear numerical analysis of the stresses and displacements was undertaken. Results based on the loadings on a lunar structure clearly indicate that an inflatable structure is a feasible concept and is ideally suited for a planetary surface structure.
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Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Nowak, Paul S.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Sadeh, Willy Z.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Criswell, Marvin E.
(Colorado State Univ. Fort Collins, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: Engineering, construction, and operations in space - III: Space '92; Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Denver, CO, May 31-June 4, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-41976 17-12)
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
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