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Utilization Of Ultrasonic Consolidation In Fabricating Satellite Decking, Joshua L. George May 2006

Utilization Of Ultrasonic Consolidation In Fabricating Satellite Decking, Joshua L. George

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A fundamental investigation of the use of ultrasonic consolidation (UC) to produce deck panels for small satellites was undertaken. Several fabrication methods for producing structural panels and decking were analyzed. Because of its ability to create aluminum objects in an additive fashion, and at near-room temperatures, UC was found to be a powerful solution for creating highly integrated and modular satellite panels. It also allowed a lightweight and stiff deck to be fabricated without the use of adhesives.

A series of experiments were performed to understand the issues associated with creating a sandwich-type structure using UC. The experiments used a ...