The Truss-Beam and Space Technology

by Elias G. Abu-Saba, North Carolina A & T State Univ, United States,
William M. McGinley, North Carolina A & T State Univ, United States,
Raymond C. Montgomery, North Carolina A & T State Univ, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II

Abstract: A method is presented herein to determine the dynamic characteristics of truss-beam systems for both planar and space structures. Results from this approach are compared with those of the finite element method and test results. The truss-beam model is based on the assumptions of negligible web contribution, i.e., very large flexible structures. Future experimental evaluation of the plane truss-system is planned at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and this experimental program is described.

Subject Headings: Space truss | Structural models | Structural analysis | Space structures | Finite element method | Mathematical models | Structural dynamics

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