AE4816 Dynamics and Control of Space Structures

Review of dynamics, finite element method, structural natural frequencies, mode shapes, and control of flexible structures. Smart sensors, actuators and applications to active vibration control, shape control, vibration isolation and fine beam pointing. Equation of motion of spacecraft with flexible structures, and control of spacecraft and flexible structures. The interaction of flexibility and control. Impact of flexibility on the performance of military spacecraft and future trends.


AE3830, ME3521, and EC2300 or equivalent or by consent of instructor

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  • Spring