Journal of Astronautics ›› 2014, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (1): 61-68.doi: 10.3873/j.issn.1000-1328.2014.01.008

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Analysis and Control of Deployment Process for Hoop Truss Deployable Antenna

QI Zhao hui,  CHANG Jin guan,  WANG Gang   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Structural Analysis for Industrial Equipment, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
  • Received:2013-01-09 Revised:2013-03-15 Online:2014-01-15 Published:2014-01-25


A systematic methodology for analyzing the deployment process of a hoop truss deployable antenna is presented. The specific structure of truss node element is considered exactly, especially the influence of parameters of pulleys on the deployment process of the system. Based on the kinematic relation between each node and deployment angle and a numerical method for solving the common tangent of two space pulleys, a accurate method for calculating the length of the rope in the system during the deployment process is proposed. And also the relation between the driving speed of the motor and the deployment angular velocity of the system is obtained, so that the deployment speed of the system can be controlled according to the design of the driving speed of the motor. Numerical examples prove the validity of the method applied in a general rope\|pulley system.

Key words: Hoop truss deployable antenna, Analysis of deployment process, Control, Space pulley rope systems

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