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Design, development, and assembly of sub-orbital space flight structural health monitoring experiment
Author(s): William Reiser; Brandon Runnels; Chris White; Abraham Light-Marquez; Andrei Zagrai; David Siler; Stephen Marinsek; Andrew Murray; Stuart Taylor; Gyuhae Park; Charles Farrar; Richard Sansom
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Paper Abstract

The paper presents a discussion of the design, development, and assembly of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) experiments launched in space on a sub-orbital flight. Onboard experiments were focused on investigating the utility of piezoelectric wafer active sensors (PWAS) as active elements of spacecraft SHM systems and the electro-mechanical impedance method as a promising SHM methodology for space systems. A Magneto-elastic active sensor (MEAS) was used to record in-flight dynamics of the payload. The list of PWAS experiments included a bolted-joint experiment, an adhesive endurance experiment, and an experiment to monitor PWAS condition during spaceflight. Electromechanical impedances of piezoelectric sensors were recorded in-flight at varying input frequencies using onboard microcontroller units. PWAS and MEAS data were recovered from the payload after landing. Details of the sub-orbital flight experiments are considered and conclusions pertaining to flight results are presented. The paper discusses issues encountered during design, development, and assembly of the payload and aspects central to successful demonstration of the SHM during sub-orbital space flight.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8348, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012, 83481J (20 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918288
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William Reiser, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Brandon Runnels, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Chris White, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Abraham Light-Marquez, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Andrei Zagrai, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
David Siler, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Stephen Marinsek, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Andrew Murray, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Stuart Taylor, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Gyuhae Park, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Charles Farrar, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Richard Sansom, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8348:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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