Inflation Instability of Cylindrical Membranes
A new procedure which investigates inflation instability of cylindrical nonlinear membranes is developed. The general characteristics of inflation instability are described. An efficient...

Generalized Isoparametric Coordinate Determination Scheme for Finite Element Mesh Generation
A simple and accurate scheme for determining the coordinates of node points located within the interior of planer regions discretized with quadrilateral elements is described. A novel...

Stochastic Finite and Boundary Elements
The random coefficients in partial differential equations, which govern the responses of stochastic thermo-mechanical systems, (Dasgupta, 1991), pose a computational challenge. The large...

Finite/Macroelement Meshes in Neural Rat Growth
The well known attributes of neural rat growth during 7 to 14 days postnatally are used to demonstrate the decrease in calculated growth discontinuities with macro, as opposed to finite,...

Form Comparison Without Anatomical Landmarks
The mathematical basis for various morphometric interpolating techniques is discussed. A technique, which enables analysis of biological forms without homologous anatomical landmarks,...

Inverse Problems in Biomechanics
The FEM (Finite Element Method) is a powerful numerical technique in solving boundary value problems in Biomechanics, which are difficult to analyze by other closed form or numerical procedures...

Failure Prediction of Anisotropic Material
Basic mathematical elements of a higher order failure theory for anisotropic material are outlined. Surface closure is ensured by requiring a tensor polynomial to satisfy constraint conditions....

Investigation of Parametrically-Induced Excitation in Concrete Columns
A mathematical model is developed which accounts for the non-linear material characteristic of concrete members. The axial and transverse motions of concrete columns, are found to be second-order...

Structural Characterization of an Articulated-Truss Joint
A first generation space crane articulated-truss joint was statically and dynamically characterized in a configuration which approximated an operational environment. The articulated-truss...

A Novel Aerobrake Design for a Mars Lander
A flexible/inflatable aerobrake is proposed for delivering small payloads to Mars as an alternative to propulsion landing. Some results that demonstrate feasibility are presented....

Tethers and Their Role in the Space Exploration Initiative
This paper addresses some potential applications for tethers in space, and describes a mission designed to deploy a satellite from a Delta II launch vehicle, by NASA's Small Expendable...

Structural Design Methodology of Large Space Structures
This paper discusses considerations and outlines a methodology for structural design of large space structures (LSS) deployed in low earth orbit. It includes definition of mission requirements,...

The Effect of Multiple Compliant Layers at the Fiber-Matrix Interface on Residual Thermal Stresses in Metal Matrix Composites
The large mismatch in thermoelastic properties of the fiber and matrix phases in advanced metal matrix composites, coupled with high consolidation temperatures, produces severe residual...

Composite Materials for Structures on Planetary Surfaces
Development of structures for planetary surface environments depends upon the use of the most appropriate materials. Advanced composite materials are apparently the best candidates for...

Comparison of Micromechanical Models for Elastic Properties
The effective elastic properties for unidirectional composites, as predicted by several analytical micromechanical models are compared for glass/epoxy and graphite/epoxy. A brief review...

Space Habitat Contaminant Growth Models—Part II
This paper reports on the continuation of work being done at NASA's Center for Space Environmental Health (CSEH) at the University of Colorado at Boulder on contaminant growth modelling...

Regolith Dynamics
Due to the differences of the gravitational accelerations of the Earth and Lunar environments, geotechnical engineering must be applied differently in the two environments. This study...

An Integrated Human/Plant Metabolic Mass Balance Model
The design and development of Controlled Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS) in support of future Lunar and Martian bases requires analytical models for evaluating human and biological...

Launching Facility Constraints on the Space Exploration Initiative
The Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) proposes large space programs such as a human mission to Mars and the establishment of a lunar base. These programs will require massive logistical...

Space Education Day
Commemorating 1992 as the International Space Year, the Governor of Colorado and the SPACE '92 Executive Committee elected to include in the SPACE '92 Conference a full day of activities...

 

 

 

 

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