Nonlinear dynamic simulation and stress prediction for a tethered aerostat

Anthony Docimo, Christopher D. Rahn

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Abstract

Aerostats are lighter-than-air vehicles tethered to the ground by a long cable. Their operational availability as a communications and surveillance platform, however, is limited by high winds during inclement weather. This paper develops aerostat dynamic models that predict the aerostat motion and tether and confluence line stresses in response to wind inputs. A nonlinear dynamic simulation is developed based on recent models for lighter-than-air vehicles that more accurately reflect aerodynamic loading in gust environments. Comparison of the dynamic response with previously published flight data for the TCOM 71M aerostat validates the model and demonstrates up to 44% higher accuracy results than previous techniques. A static truss finite element model predicts confluence line loads based on the dynamic response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages329-334
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Event2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 13 2004Nov 19 2004

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Other2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA
Period11/13/0411/19/04

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Docimo, A., & Rahn, C. D. (2004). Nonlinear dynamic simulation and stress prediction for a tethered aerostat. 329-334. Paper presented at 2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE, Anaheim, CA, United States. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2004-59167