To meet the requirements for the next generation of space missions, a paradigm shift is required from
current structures that are static, heavy and stiff, toward innovative structures that are adaptive, lightweight,
versatile, and intelligent. A novel morphing structure, the thermally actuated anisogrid morphing boom, can be used
to meet the design requirements by making the primary structure actively adapt to the on-orbit environment. The
anisogrid structure is able to achieve high precision morphing control through the intelligent application of thermal
gradients. This active primary structure improves structural and thermal stability performance, reduces mass, and
enables new mission architectures. This effort attempts to address limits to the author's previous work by
incorporating the impact of thermal coupling that was initially neglected. This paper introduces a thermally isolated
version of the thermal morphing anisogrid structure in order to address the thermal losses between active members.
To evaluate the isolation design the stiffness and thermal conductivity of these isolating interfaces need to be
addressed. This paper investigates the performance of the thermal morphing system under a variety of structural and
thermal isolation interface properties.
Austin A. Phoenix, "Thermal morphing anisogrid smart space structures: thermal isolation design and linearity evaluation," Proc. SPIE 10164, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2017, 101640M (Presented at SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring: March 27, 2017; Published: 11 April 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2260108.
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