Engineering and the Environment

SESA6040 Spacecraft Structural Design

Module Overview

Module overview

Module Details

Title: Spacecraft Structural Design
Code: SESA6040
Semester: Semester 1

CATS points: 10 ECTS points: 5
Level: Postgraduate Taught
Co-ordinator(s): Dr Scott J I Walker

Aims and objectives


  • The spacecraft structural design process
  • Launch vehicles
    The sources of mechanical excitation.
    Satellite's mechanical environment, QSL, random vibrations, acoustic loads etc..
    Structural design requirements
  • Vibration response
  • Typical structural component
    Honeycomb panels / inserts / bolted and bonded joints etc...
  • Typical spacecraft structural layouts
  • Secondary structures
  • Mechanisms
    Deployable structures
  • Structural analysis techniques for spacecraft structures
    FEM, SEA
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Structural verification / testing.
    Qualification program. Dynamic and static tests. Correlation FE - test results. Vibration levels for equipment units.

Learning and teaching

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