Date of Award

6-2014

Degree Name

MS in Aerospace Engineering

Department

Aerospace Engineering

Advisor

Faysal Kolkailah

Abstract

The launch environment experiences many vibration, shock, and acoustic loads. A great concern is the high random vibration levels that can damage components and spacecraft structures, which can cause a mission failure. An effective method of reducing high frequency energy is using isolators. Overall, the need for vibration isolation has been increasing because there has been an increase in the use of mechanisms in which vibrations are prevalent. In addition, there has not been extensive research on the effects of isolators that are outgassed and cured. Therefore, it is important to investigate and understand the vibrational effects on isolators. It is convenient to outgas and cure isolators for the benefit of some components because that eliminates contamination, but outgassing and bake-out could potentially affect the frequency response of the isolator system in a negative way. It is valuable to investigate how much outgassing and bake-out might affect the performance, if any, of the vibration isolator in order to benefit companies who may need that kind of information. The vibration isolators used for the purpose of this research were twenty E22-02-40 isolators provided by Barry Controls, a Hutchinson Group Company. The E22-02-40 isolators were outgassed and cured (heated at high temperatures) in order to be turned from grade C into grade A level for outgassing. Then the vibrational performance of those isolators were tested and compared to the isolators that were not outgassed and not cured. Vibration tests were run in the flat frequency spectrum and high frequency spectrum. The maximum percent difference occurred in the grade A level isolators, in which the first frequency mode increased by 33.3 % in the z direction from the grade C isolators. A numerical finite element analysis was performed on Abaqus/CAE in order to verify the experimental results. In addition, a swelling test was conducted on the isolators to test their physical characteristics change after they were outgassed and cured.