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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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Journal of Aerospace Engineering

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A selective technical overview is presented on the vibration and control of large space structures, the analysis, design, and construction of which will require major technical contributions from the civil/structural, mechanical, and extended engineering communities. The immediacy of the U.S. space station makes the particular emphasis placed on large space structures and their control appropriate. The space station is but one part of the space program, and includes the lunar base, which the space station is to service. This paper attempts to summarize some of the key technical issues and hence provide a starting point for further involvement. The first half of this paper provides an introduction and overview of large space structures and their dynamics; the latter half discusses structural control, including control‐system design and nonlinearities. A crucial aspect of the large space structures problem is that dynamics and control must be considered simultaneously; the problems cannot be addressed individually and coupled as an afterthought.


Accepted version. Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 4 (October 1990). DOI. © 1990 American Society of Civil Engineers. Used with permission.

Mark L. Nagurka was affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon University at the time of publication.

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