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Computer Simulation of a Test Rig to Model Sloshing in Spin-Stabilized Satellites

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D. R. Flugrad

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

L. A. Obermaier

Caterpillar Inc., Peroria, IL

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 114(4), 689-698 (Dec 01, 1992) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2897742 History: Received November 01, 1989; Revised April 01, 1992; Online March 17, 2008

Abstract

Certain communications satellites carry liquid stores on board for station tending and attitude adjustment. However, sloshing of the liquid can cause an undesirable nutational motion of the spin-stabilized vehicle. In previous work a test rig was designed, built and instrumented to study the interaction between the rotating structure and liquid. To augment that experimental project, a computer model of the test rig has been developed to simulate the dynamic motion of the system for various parameter values. The sloshing liquid was replaced by a two degree-of-freedom pendulum in the mathematical model. Simulation results were compared with those from a general multibody dynamics program and with experimental measurements of the test rig motion to demonstrate the mathematical model’s validity. Good agreement was achieved in both instances.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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