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Volume 233, 20188th EASN-CEAS International Workshop on Manufacturing for Growth & Innovation
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Multifunctional and lightweight load-bearing composite structures for satellites
Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design, RWTH Aachen University, 52062 Aachen, Germany
2 Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, Division of Smart Structures, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany
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Within the framework of the German national project multiSat multifunctional composite structures for satellite applications are developed. The objective is the integration of passive and active functions into the load-bearing spacecraft structure by using suitable materials, components and mechanisms. The passive functions include heat transfer, radiation shielding and protection against space debris impacts, whereas the active functions comprise electric energy and data transfer and vibration reduction. Due to their multi-layer build-up composite materials are suitable for functional integration since each layer can be defined and designed to provide one or more specific functions. The concept of a multifunctional structure allows for the reduction of the overall satellite mass and of installation space required for subsystems. It also opens up new opportunities for highly integrative and standardized production processes and lower total costs and time for manufacturing, qualification and launch. This paper describes the development and design of a concept for a multifunctional sandwich panel and the results of the analyses, numerical simulations and experiments conducted at coupon level.
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