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Hybrid Passive/Active Vibration Control of a Loosely Connected Spacecraft System

Xin Wang1, 2, *, Xiaokui Yue1, 2, Haowei Wen1, 2, Jianping Yuan1, 2

1 National Key Laboratory of Aerospace Flight Dynamics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, 710072, China.
2 School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, 710072, China.

∗ Corresponding Author: Xin Wang. Email: .

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Nonlinear Computational and Control Methods in Aerospace Engineering)

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2020, 122(1), 61-87.


In this paper, a hybrid passive/active vibration (HPAV) controller of a loosely connected spacecraft consisting of a servicing satellite, a target and an X-shape structure isolator is first proposed to suppress vibrations of the system when subjected to the impulsive external excitations during the on-orbit missions. The passive dynamic response of the combined system can be adjusted appropriately to achieve the desired vibration isolation performance by tuning the structural parameters of the bio-inspired X-shape structure. Moreover, the adaptive control design through dynamic scaling technique is selected as the active component to maintain high vibration isolation performance in the presence of parameter uncertainties such as mass of the satellite platform, the damping and rotation friction coefficients of the X-shape structure. Compared with the pure passive system and the traditional spring-mass-damper (SMD) isolator, the HPAV strategy witnesses lower transmissibility, smaller vibration amplitude and higher convergence rate when subjected to the post-capture impact. Numerical simulations demonstrate the feasibility and validity of the proposed hybrid control scheme in suppressing vibrations of the free-floating spacecraft.


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Wang, X., Yue, X., Wen, H., Yuan, J. (2020). Hybrid Passive/Active Vibration Control of a Loosely Connected Spacecraft System. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 122(1), 61–87.

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