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Analysis of space crane articulated-truss jointsThe paper examines three articulated-truss joint concepts of the space crane in order to evaluate their static structural performance over a range of geometric design parameters. Emphasis is placed on maintaining the four-longeron reference truss performance across the joint while still allowing large-angle articulation. A maximum positive articulation angle is computed for each joint concept as the design parameters are varied, along with the actuator length ratio required to reach that angle. The tip rotation and lateral deflections of a truss beam with an articulated-truss joint at the midspan are employed to select a point design for each joint concept. The computed deflections for one point design are up to 30 percent higher than deflections for the other two designs. The two lowest natural frequencies of the three point designs are found to be relatively insensitive to large variations in the joint articulation angle.
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Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Wu, K. C.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Sutter, Thomas R.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, 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
Astronautics (General)
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