Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms

Edited By:

Sarafin & Larson

Date: 1995 / Springer

Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms describes the integrated process of developing cost-effective, reliable structures and mechanical products for space programs. This book defines processes, describes methods, and gives examples. Written by 24 space-industry engineers, its themes are good for:

  1. ensuring a successful mission, and
  2. reducing total cost through good designs and intelligent risk management

Among the topics included are: Introduction and requirements (development process, requirements documentation, requirements definition, space mission environments); Analysis (statics, dynamics and load analysis, fatigue and fracture mechanics, mechanics of materials, strength analysis, heat transfer and thermal effects); Verification and quality assurance (verification planning, structural, mechanical and environmental testing, quality assurance and configuration control, compliance documentation, structural reliability analysis, verification criteria - factors of safety, margins of safety, fracture control, test options); Design (spacecraft configuration development, finite element analysis, mechanism development, designing for producability, structural design, materials, designing to control loads, load cycles, sensitivity analysis); Final verification (model correlation, risk management, launch readiness reviews).

Print book: 864 pages.


Experienced systems engineers

Mechanical designers

Stress Analysts

Dynamics and load analysts

Technical leads

Program Managers

Graduate-level systems engineering students

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