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Active vibration isolation system for launch load alleviation
Author(s): Michael E. Evert; Paul C Janzen; Eric H Anderson; Charlotte M. Gerhart; B. Kyle Henderson
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Paper Abstract

Payloads delivered to orbit by expendable launch vehicles experience high levels of vibration. This vibration can cause component failures, or more frequently, lead to extra weight that would otherwise be useful for added functions on orbit. Vibration isolation systems have been flown to protect various components as well as entire spacecraft, dramatically reducing launch loads and saving costs in redesign and tests. Future spacecraft and components may benefit from further load reduction through the use of higher performance active isolation systems. These active systems are capable of introducing compliance in selected axes, while maintaining required rigidity in others. They can also produce excellent isolation without large amplification. Passive and active vibration isolation systems were developed for the Vibro Acoustic Launch Protection Experiment (VALPE) and flew aboard sounding rockets. The paper describes the design and development of the isolation systems, actuation and isolation architectures and control strategies. Integration of two flight experiments is summarized. Ground test results are presented for passive and active systems. Results of the experiments are provided, and recommendations for active vibration isolation are offered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2004
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 5388, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (29 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.540650
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Michael E. Evert, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Paul C Janzen, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Eric H Anderson, CSA Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Charlotte M. Gerhart, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
B. Kyle Henderson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5388:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Eric H. Anderson, Editor(s)

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