Dynamics and Control of Space Structures

Course #AE4816

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


Review of dynamics, finite element method, structural natural frequencies, mode shapes, and control of flexible structures. Smart sensors, actuators and applications to active vibration control, shape control, vibration isolation and fine beam pointing. Equation of motion of spacecraft with flexible structures, and control of spacecraft and flexible structures. The interaction of flexibility and control. Impact of flexibility on the performance of military spacecraft and future trends.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 299


  • AE3830
  • ME3521
  • EC2300

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of dynamics principles as they apply to space structures, including structural natural frequencies, mode shapes, and finite element method analysis.
  • Apply knowledge of dynamics to analyze the behavior of flexible structures in space environments, considering factors such as vibration, shape control, and fine beam pointing.
  • Understand the principles and applications of smart sensors and actuators for active vibration control, shape control, vibration isolation, and fine beam pointing in space structures.
  • Analyze the equation of motion for spacecraft with flexible structures and apply control strategies to achieve desired performance objectives.
  • Evaluate the interaction between flexibility and control in space structures, considering the impact on system dynamics and performance.
  • Apply control theory principles to design and implement control systems for spacecraft and flexible structures, considering constraints and objectives specific to space environments.
  • Assess the impact of flexibility on the performance of military spacecraft and identify future trends and advancements in the field.
  • Collaborate effectively in team-based projects to analyze and solve problems related to dynamics and control of space structures, demonstrating critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Communicate technical concepts and analysis results effectively through written reports and presentations, targeting both technical and non-technical audiences.
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    Application Deadlines

    •  08 Jul 2024

      Fall Quarter applications due

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