Spacecraft Wall Design for Orbital Debris Impact

by Shyh-Rong Tzan, Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States,
Chris P. Pantelides, Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


This paper describes a method for obtaining the optimal rise angle of corrugated bumpers for the design of space structures in the event of an on-orbit impact. The procedure determines the optimal rise angle so that the amount of ricochet debris created by an oblique hypervelocity impact is minimized. The optimization does not include thickness or weight criteria of the space structure.

Subject Headings: Debris | Aircraft and spacecraft | Walls | Space structures | Orbits | Structural design | Load and resistance factor design | Thickness

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