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Experimental evaluation of a magnetic torquer rod using an innovative test system
Author(s): Mohamad Fakhari Mehrjardi; Mehran Mirshams
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Paper Abstract

In today's world satellites have an immense and profound role in a country's financial, social and military development and having the technology of creation and launching satellites is a yard stick to a country's progress. Each satellite, like any other advanced machine is consisted of many subsystems in order to do its mission, among those, the attitude Control subsystem has the duty of stabilizing and orientation. Depending on the type of stabilization and control laws, different actuators like momentum wheels, reaction wheels, magnetic torquers and etcetera are used. Due to its smaller shape and weight, lower cost and minimal power consumption, the magnetic torquer is frequently used in low-earth orbit satellites. A magnetic torquer is consisted of a winding wire and a magnetic core that with the current of electricity passing through the winding wire, a magnetic dipole moment is produced. In reaction to the earth's magnetic field, this moment produces the required torque. Thus, having a broader understanding of the specification of the magnetic torquer before using it in the satellite is quite necessary. As a result, in this paper we try to show how to make such system in the laboratory. A magnetorquer is manufactured that the main idea is to estimate the magnetic dipole moment from the magnetic field measurement by this magnetic torquer. To achieve this, first we talk about the theories of creating such device and test system, then we will delve into the more technical aspects of designing such subsystem. In the end, from the output results, the performance curve of the magnetic torquer is produced and the linear areas and scale coefficients are determined. This paper presents test methodology, experimental setup and test results of manufacturing a torque rod with CK30 ferromagnetic alloy core.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7522, Fourth International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, 75221X (14 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.851649
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Mohamad Fakhari Mehrjardi, K.N.Toosi of Technology Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Mehran Mirshams, K.N.Toosi of Technology Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7522:
Fourth International Conference on Experimental Mechanics
Chenggen Quan; Kemao Qian; Anand Krishna Asundi; Fook Siong Chau, Editor(s)

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