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Tie-System Calibration for the Experimental Setup of Large Deployable Reflectors

Version 1 : Received: 11 March 2019 / Approved: 12 March 2019 / Online: 12 March 2019 (10:24:06 CET)

How to cite: Cammarata, A.; Sinatra, R.; Rigato, R.; Maddio, P.D. Tie-System Calibration for the Experimental Setup of Large Deployable Reflectors. Preprints 2019, 2019030135 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201903.0135.v1). Cammarata, A.; Sinatra, R.; Rigato, R.; Maddio, P.D. Tie-System Calibration for the Experimental Setup of Large Deployable Reflectors. Preprints 2019, 2019030135 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201903.0135.v1).

Abstract

The tradeoff between the design phase and the experimental setup is crucial to satisfy the accuracy requirement of Large Deployable Reflectors. Manufacturing errors and tolerances change the RMS of the reflecting surface and require careful calibration of the tie rod system to be able to fit into the initial design specifications. To give a possible solution to this problem, here two calibration methods, respectively for rigid and flexible ring truss support, are described. Starting from the acquired experimental data on the net nodal coordinates, the initial problem of satisfying the static equilibrium at the measured configuration is described. Then, two constrained optimization problems, for rigid and flexible ring truss support, are defined to meet RMS accuracy of the reflecting surface modifying the tie lengths. Finally, a case study to demonstrate the validity of the proposed methods is presented.

Subject Areas

large deployable reflector; tie adjustment; experimental setup

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