The Structures Section is the centre of competence for the overall structural configuration studies and structural design, engineering and verification of manned and unmanned spacecraft.
Columbus Internal Structure
It performs analysis of:
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Finite element model for a COLUMBUS rack
- Mechanical design loads associated with space flight, orbital and ground environment, as well as derivation of test loads and requirements.
- Prediction of structural response and evaluation of test results, including correlation of test results with analytical predictions and updating of mathematical models.
Advanced structural analysis tools and methodologies are developed and maintained, e.g. for:
Dynamic analysis (e.g. coupled loads analysis)
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MSG shock analysis model
Acoustic analysis (FEM, BEM, SEA)
Fracture analysis / Fatigue analysis (e.g. see web: ESACRACK )
Analysis of composite structures
Multibody dynamics analysis
Last update: 5 September 2007