The thermal environment encountered in space by a multifunctional solar array
Foster, J.A. and Aglietti, G.S. (2010) The thermal environment encountered in space by a multifunctional solar array. Aerospace Science and Technology, 14, (3), 213-219. (doi:10.1016/j.ast.2009.12.008).
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The design concept of multifunctional structures allows spacecraft to be more efficient. By creating structural components that can fulfil extra subsystem functions in addition to meeting structural requirements, mass and volume can be saved. The presented example of this is a wing solar array that contains the spacecraft's batteries. The batteries are commercial off the shelf components, used for their lower costs. The paper focuses on understanding the thermal environment and the response of the multifunctional structure to that environment. With this information, it is shown that the concept can be implemented in many orbits without any particular thermal control and that many more orbits could be used with thermal control of a suitable authority. Possible thermal control solutions are reviewed and recommendations for a passive system are made.
|Keywords:||multifunctional structure, thermal control, solar array, electrical power system, spacecraft|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
|Date Deposited:||05 May 2010 13:12|
|Last Modified:||01 Jun 2011 07:39|
|Contributors:||Foster, J.A. (Author)
Aglietti, G.S. (Author)
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