Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Department

Aerospace Engineering

College

Engineering

Project Advisor

Peng Wi

Description

As CubeSats become more mainstream in University settings, more focus is drawn to customized structures, built by students, on an affordable and short timeline for specific missions. These structures must meet many design requirements from both the launch providers and CubeSat standards. In an effort to reduce the development time and cost of a structure, particularly for CySat, a general design process for creating a structure was developed. This process starts with identifying the structural configuration and the thickness of the various structural elements. Then a valid material and initial mass of the satellite must be determined. Next a design methodology can be selected, and a CAD model created. ANSYS simulation and redesigns must occur to validate these solutions. Finally, a real model and physical testing can be completed. This design methodology was applied during the development of the CySat structure and has been validated through its successful design. In the future, the design methodology and procedures used in this research can be applied to future CubeSats to help their design process. This research can also be used as a starting point for newcomers to CubeSats who are learning the basics of what a CubeSat is and can do.

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Structural Design Methodology and Analysis for Small-Sats/CubeSats

As CubeSats become more mainstream in University settings, more focus is drawn to customized structures, built by students, on an affordable and short timeline for specific missions. These structures must meet many design requirements from both the launch providers and CubeSat standards. In an effort to reduce the development time and cost of a structure, particularly for CySat, a general design process for creating a structure was developed. This process starts with identifying the structural configuration and the thickness of the various structural elements. Then a valid material and initial mass of the satellite must be determined. Next a design methodology can be selected, and a CAD model created. ANSYS simulation and redesigns must occur to validate these solutions. Finally, a real model and physical testing can be completed. This design methodology was applied during the development of the CySat structure and has been validated through its successful design. In the future, the design methodology and procedures used in this research can be applied to future CubeSats to help their design process. This research can also be used as a starting point for newcomers to CubeSats who are learning the basics of what a CubeSat is and can do.