BENDING IN AN EXTENDIBLE BOOM SUBJECT TO THE INFLUENCE OF A GRAVITATIONAL - CENTRIFUGAL FORCE FIELD,
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV SILVER SPRING MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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The study demonstrates that boom bending due to the influence of a centrifugal-gravitational force field cannot be ignored or underestimated if the boom is to serve as a fairly stable radio-frequency antenna. The fact that any bending whatever will effect the antenna pattern, dictates that certain steps be taken to minimize it. This can be implemented by maximizing the booms flexural rigidity.
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