STRUCTURAL AND COST OPTIMIZATION OF THE MULTIPLATE ANTENNA REFLECTING PANELS.
Final rept. Sep 64-Apr 65,
ANDREW CORP ORLAND PARK ILL
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The report presents the results of a research effort dedicated to optimizing the structural design and manufacturing the erection costs of the reflecting panels used in conjunction with the proposed Multiplate Antenna project. The study primarily considers the reflecting panel construction with only limited attention to related pedestals, foundations, actuating components, etc. The report discusses surface contours, allowable tolerances, error contributors and panel sizes. Structural requirements are discussed and methods of solution presented. Results of stress and deflection analyses are given for alternate design concepts. Manufacturing, installation and cost evaluations are used to arrive at final recommendations. The recommended reflecting panel construction consists of a three-dimensional network of tubular members space frame supporting a rectangular rib framework. The rib framework in turn supports a welded wire mesh surface. An adjustment feature is built into the proposed construction to create variable surface contours. Section II contains a complete description of the final recommendations. The cost of supplying enough panels to cover 2 million sq. ft. of antenna surface is 2.85 million dollars or less than 1.50 per sq. ft. Author
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