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Optimal surface profile design of deployable mesh reflectors via a force density strategy

Liu, Jingsheng; Yang, Dongwu; Zhang, Shuxin; Zhang, Yiqun

Authors

Dongwu Yang

Shuxin Zhang

Yiqun Zhang

Abstract

Based on a force density method coupled with optimal design of node positions, a novel approach for optimal surface profile design of mesh reflectors is presented. Uniform tension is achieved by iterations on coefficients of force density. The positions of net nodes are recalculated in each iteration so that the faceting RMS error of the reflector surface is minimized. Applications of both prime focus and offset configurations are demonstrated. The simulation results show the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Journal Acta astronautica
Print ISSN 0094-5765
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 130
Pages 137-146
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.10.008
Keywords Reflector antennas, Mesh reflectors, Uniform tension, Force density method, RMS error
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009457651630220X
Copyright Statement ©2017, Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Optimal surface profile design of deployable mesh reflectors via a force density strategy; Journal Title: Acta Astronautica; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.10.008; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2016 IAA. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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