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    Course Outline

    Gossamer Systems - Analysis and Design



    Course Outline:


    I. Introduction to gossamer systems
    A. Motivation and history
    B. Unique characteristics, definitions, and terminology

    II. Analysis techniques for gossamer spacecraft
    A. Membrane mechanics
    B. Large deformation problems
    C. Wrinkling analysis and finite element analysis

    III. Materials development for gossamer spacecraft
    A. Material requirements, space environmental issues
    B. Polymeric materials
    C. Rigidizable materials

    IV. Design of gossamer spacecraft
    A. Design of compliant structures
    B. Shape achievement and control
    C. Long-term durability issues

    V. Testing of gossamer spacecraft
    A. Static and dynamic mechanical testing
    B. Deployment testing
    C. Performance testing

    VI. Applications of gossamer systems
    A. Radio/radar
    B. Optics
    C. Solar sails
    D. Solar concentrators and shades
    E. Lunar and planetary applications

    VII. Status and future of gossamer systems
    A. Current and future science applications
    B. Current and defense applications