Effects of Random Errors on Space Station Truss

by Richard K. Miller, Univ of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States,
John M. Hedgepeth, Univ of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond

Abstract: Results of Monte Carlo simulations of structural responses of a finite element model of a space station truss to random member length imperfections are reported The results reveal that a geometric precision of 1 part in 100,000 is likely to result in residual stresses less than 500 psi (3.40 MPa), and deformations less than 0.50 inches (12.7 mm).

Subject Headings: Space stations | Space truss | Space structures | Finite element method | Stress analysis | Europe | Monaco | Monte Carlo

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