Finite Element Modeling and Modal Analysis of Coilable Mast
This paper investigates the modal characteristics of a coilable mast for space mission applications. Finite element models are established for characterizing the coilable mast. The simplification of joints between longerons and batten frames and the pre-tension in cables are carefully considered. A parametric modal analysis is performed with considering the following factors, the joint model in the truss, the pre-tension in cables, elements selected for longerons and battens, the mass attached to the top of the mast. Research results show that the natural frequencies of the coilable mast are sensitive to the selected elements and the attached mass. The pre-tension level in cables and the precision degree of the joint model have little effect on natural frequencies. The regularity expressed in the parametric modal analysis is useful for designers and engineers.
Chunliang Zhang and Paul P. Lin
J. Wang et al., "Finite Element Modeling and Modal Analysis of Coilable Mast", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 226-228, pp. 299-302, 2012