Investigation of the dynamic behavior of a cable-harnessed structure


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Virginia Tech


To obtain predictive modeling of a spacecraft, the author investigates the effects of adding cables to a simple structure with the goal of developing an understanding of how cables interacting with a structure. In this research, the author presents predictive and accurate modeling of a cable-harnessed structure by means of the Spectral Element Method (SEM). A double beam model is used to emulate a cable-harnessed structure. SEM modeling can define the location and the number of connections between the two beams in a convenient fashion. The proposed modeling is applied and compared with the conventional FEM. The modeling approach was compared to and validated by measurement data. The validated modeling was implemented to investigate the effect of the number of connections, of the spring stiffness of interconnections, and of mass portion of an attached cable. Damping has an important role in structural design because it reduces the dynamic response, thereby avoiding excessive deflection or stress, fatigue loads, and settling times. Experimental results with some specimens indicate a clear change of damping on the main structure with the inclusion of cable dynamics. The author investigated the modification of the damping of the host structure induced by various attached cables. The identification of a damping matrix is performed using measured data. The effect of the flexibility of a cable harness on damping is observed through experiments with various types of cables. The effect of the number of connections on damping is also investigated by changing the number of connections. Moreover, to overcome the sensitivity to noise in measured data of damping matrix identification approach, various methods are compared with a simulated lumped model and real test results. An improved damping matrix identification approach is proposed and can generate the unique damping matrix over the full frequency range of interest.



Cable-Harnessed Structure, Spectral Element Method, Damping Matrix Identification, Finite Element Model Updating