Accession Number:

ADA029014

Title:

Preliminary Design of a Composite Structure for an Air Force Space Application.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jul 75-Jan 76,

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR SPACE RESEARCH

Report Date:

1976-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

100.0

Abstract:

Results of a preliminary design investigation of nineteen concepts for a communication satellite truss, based on construction with advanced fiber composite materials, are presented. Of the nineteen candidate concepts, two emerge as designs which appear to be structurally sound and capable of fabrication with state-of-the-art methods at reasonable cost. These structures are shown to be capable of meeting the very stringent thermal deformational stability requirements of the satellite, requirements which cannot be met by equivalent metallic structure. Additional benefits of reduced radar cross section, reduced signal interference, and weight savings, and structural reliability are also indicated for the composite designs. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE