Investigation of structural dynamics in a 2-meter square solar sail model including axial load effects


This paper presents a parameter study of the effect of boom axial loading on the global dynamics of a 2-meter solar sail scale model. The experimental model used is meant for building expertise in finite element analysis and experimental execution, not as a predecessor to any planned flight mission or particular design concept. The results here are to demonstrate the ability to predict and measure structural dynamics and mode shapes in the presence of axial loading. © 2003 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.