Space Mission Structures Training Part II

Space Mission Structures Training Part II


Space Mission Structures Training Part II Course Description

This four-day pace Mission Structures Training Part II Course presents a systems perspective of structural engineering in the space industry. Originally based on the instructor’s book, Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch, this course has evolved and been improved continuously since 1995.

If you are an engineer involved in any aspect of spacecraft or launch-vehicle structures, regardless of your level of experience, you will benefit from this course. Subjects include functions, requirements, environments, mechanics, loads analysis, stress analysis, fracture mechanics, finite-element modeling, configuration, producibility, verification planning, quality assurance, testing, and risk assessment.

The objectives are to give the big picture of space-mission structures and improve your understanding of

structural functions, requirements, and environments
how structures behave and how they fail
how to develop structures that are cost-effective and dependable for space missions

Despite its breadth, the course goes into great depth in key areas, with emphasis on the things that are commonly misunderstood and the types of things that go wrong in the development of flight hardware. The instructor shares numerous case histories and experiences to drive the main points home. Calculators are required to work class problems.

Space Mission Structures Training Part IIRelated Courses:

Duration:4 days

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With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.

Course Content:

Introduction to Space-Mission Structures Structural functions and requirements, effects of the space environment, categories of structures, how launch affects things structurally, understanding verification, distinguishing between requirements and verification

Review of Statics and Dynamics Static equilibrium, the equation of motion, modes of vibration

Launch Environments and How Structures Respond Quasi-static loads, transient loads, coupled loads analysis, sinusoidal vibration, random vibration, acoustics, pyrotechnic shock

Mechanics of Materials Stress and strain, understanding material variation, interaction of stresses and failure theories, bending and torsion, thermoelastic effects, mechanics of composite materials, recognizing and avoiding weak spots in structures

Strength Analysis The margin of safety, verifying structural integrity is never based on analysis alone, an effective process for strength analysis, common pitfalls, recognizing potential failure modes, bolted joints, buckling

Structural Life Analysis Fatigue, fracture mechanics, fracture control

Overview of Finite Element Analysis Idealizing structures, introduction to FEA, limitations, strategies, quality assurance

Preliminary Design A process for preliminary design, example of configuring a spacecraft, types of structures, materials, methods of attachment, preliminary sizing, using analysis to design efficient structures

Designing for Producibility Guidelines for producibility, minimizing parts, designing an adaptable structure, designing to simplify fabrication, dimensioning and tolerancing, designing for assembly and vehicle integration

Verification and Quality Assurance The building-blocks approach to verification, verification methods and logic, approaches to product inspection, protoflight vs. qualification testing, types of structural tests and when they apply, designing an effective test

A Case Study: Structural design, analysis, and test of The FalconSAT-2 Small Satellite

Final Verification and Risk Assessment Overview of final verification, addressing late problems, using estimated reliability to assess risks (example: negative margin of safety), making the launch decision

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