Effects of Component Properties on the Accuracy of a Joint-Dominated Deployable Mast
Jointed-dominated deployable masts are used in space applications, including telescopes, where there is a demand for a long, slender structure that can be packed into a conven-tional launch shroud. Depending on the application, there may be stringent demands on the stiffness and shape accuracy of the mast. This paper presents a parametric study of the significance of a number of mast part properties for a precision deployable mast's perfor-mance under quasi-static shear load. The mast's cable preload, latching system behavior, and joint friction are explored as candidates for parts requiring detailed characterization for accurate mast performance prediction.
© 2011 by Sergio Pellegrino and Olive Stohlman. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., with permission.
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