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Determining Damping Trends from a Range of Cable Harness Assemblies on a Launch Vehicle Panel from Test MeasurementsThe team of authors at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has been investigating estimating techniques for the vibration response of launch vehicle panels excited by acoustics and/or aero-fluctuating pressures. Validation of the approaches used to estimate these environments based on ground tests of flight like hardware is of major importance to new vehicle programs. The team at MSFC has recently expanded upon the first series of ground test cases completed in December 2010. The follow on tests recently completed are intended to illustrate differences in damping that might be expected when cable harnesses are added to the configurations under test. This validation study examines the effect on vibroacoustic response resulting from the installation of cable bundles on a curved orthogrid panel. Of interest is the level of damping provided by the installation of the cable bundles and whether this damping could be potentially leveraged in launch vehicle design. The results of this test are compared with baseline acoustic response tests without cables. Damping estimates from the measured response data are made using a new software tool that employs a finite element model (FEM) of the panel in conjunction with advanced optimization techniques. This paper will report on the \damping trend differences. observed from response measurements for several different configurations of cable harnesses. The data should assist vibroacoustics engineers to make more informed damping assumptions when calculating vibration response estimates when using model based analysis approach. Achieving conservative estimates that have more flight like accuracy is desired. The paper may also assist analysts in determining how ground test data may relate to expected flight response levels. Empirical response estimates may also need to be adjusted if the measured response used as an input to the study came from a test article without flight like cable harnesses.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Smith, Andrew
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Davis, R. Ben
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
LaVerde, Bruce
(Engineering Research and Consulting, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
(Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Jones, Douglas
(Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
October 16, 2012
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Meeting Information
Meeting: 27th Aerospace Testing Seminar
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: October 16, 2012
End Date: October 18, 2012
Sponsors: Aerospace Corp., Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.
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