Aeronautical Engineering (MEng)
This course aims to present state-of-the-art methodologies for the design of spacecraft structures, from launchers to satellite platforms and to habitable inflatable modules. The fundamental knowledge provided in this course will involve:
1) the understanding of how hazardous spacecraft-environment interactions can be predicted and mitigated at material and structural level;
2) awareness of design methods and certification requirements for both structures and payloads that can successfully withstand launch and insertion into orbit;
3) the understanding of the operational principles for deployable structures in space applications and of the relevant design strategies.
• To be aware of the issues related to structural design for space
• To have a good understanding of the standard structural qualification process for spacecraft systems
• To achieve a good command of advanced structural analysis methods applicable to the design of static and deployable structures
• Thermal Environment
• Outgassing, erosion and contamination
• Effects of plasma and radiation
• Micrometeoroids and debris
Launch and deployment loading:
• Quasi-static loading
• Sinusoidal loading and frequency response
• Random loading and Miles’ Equation
• Shock loading and Shock Response Spectra
• Deployable Structure classification
• Conventional Mechanisms
• Compliant Mechanisms and post-buckling
• Membrane Structures
AERO50008 Structures 2
Lectures and tutorials.
2 hour written examination in January.
Cambridge University Press
Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
New York, NY : American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Reston, VA : American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.