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Satelitte multifunctional power structure: feasibility and mass savings

Roberts, S.C. and Aglietti, G.S. (2008) Satelitte multifunctional power structure: feasibility and mass savings Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 222, (1), pp. 41-51. (doi:10.1243/09544100JAERO255).

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A multi-functional structure saves mass from a spacecraft by incorporating other functional subsystems into the structure. By using the structural properties of a non-structural element, inert structure may be eliminated, and the requirement to allot internal volume to the subsystem in question is removed.
The current paper describes a multi-functional structure based on the secondary power system. By using commercially available plastic lithium-ion cells to form the core of a sandwich panel, inert mass is eliminated from both the structure and from the battery enclosure. The feasibility of the proposed multi-functional structure is demonstrated though vibration testing on a single cell, and the successful manufacture of a test panel.
The work goes on to quantify the potential mass savings that may be achieved by using a multi-functional structure of this type. By varying a set of spacecraft attributes, the study identifies that small spacecraft with high power requirements have the potential to gain the most benefit from using a multi-functional structure of this type.

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Published date: February 2008
Keywords: multi-functional structures, spacecraft structures, spacecraft power systems
Organisations: Astronautics Group


Local EPrints ID: 64985
ISSN: 0954-4100
PURE UUID: 4fb5659a-2bd7-489a-b27e-48994e5f33d4

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Date deposited: 30 Jan 2009
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:11

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Author: S.C. Roberts
Author: G.S. Aglietti

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