Keane, A.J. and Brown, S.M.
The design of a satellite boom with enhanced vibration performance using genetic algorithm techniques.
In, Proceedings of Acedc '96 PEDC, Plymouth, UK,
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This paper examines the application of passive vibration
control methods to a simplified satellite boom. It is
suggested that such methods may allow an efficient
means by which to control structural vibrations. In this
research, an initial structure is designed having a regular,
repeating geometric pattern. This design is then
modified using a Genetic Algorithm (GA), which is one
of a number of recently developed evolutionary computing
methods. Here the GA changes the geometry of
the design by altering the three-dimensional coordinates
of its joints. The aim is to minimize the band
averaged noise transmission along the boom. This
paper shows that by altering the geometry in this way,
significant improvements in the structure's noise performance
can be achieved. While this research is far
from complete, the work outlined demonstrates the
potential usefulness of this approach for controlling
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