Method for Design and Analysis of Externally Mounted Antenna Fairings in Support of Cryospheric Surveying

Richard Hale, Emily Arnold, Wanbo Liu, Mark Ewing, Robert Roberts
2011 52nd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference   unpublished
Snow and ice penetrating radar antenna arrays have been developed and flown on NASA DC-8 and P-3 aircraft as part of the NASA Operation Ice-Bridge program. These arrays required custom, externally-mounted fairings to house the antennas. This paper documents the method for generating project requirements, load development, and subsequent structural design and analysis. Static load and modal tests were also performed to verify the physics based simulations. Involvement in such interdisciplinary
more » ... interdisciplinary work provides the basis for large numbers of graduate and undergraduate students to gain practical experience in designing, fabricating, ground testing and flight testing aerospace structures.
doi:10.2514/6.2011-1714 fatcat:ujw4ondipzet5hson2tj36z754