ADAM - Analytical Nonlinear Damper Modelling
RUAG Space GmbH (RSA) develops and uses non-linear damping systems for space applications in order to protect sensitive items like spacecraft ion thrusters or spacecraft electronics from mechanical impacts during lift-off or prevent mechanical damage to spacecraft during transport.
Standard linear analysis methods cannot be applied for the analytical prediction of the behaviour of non-linear damped structures.
Such an analysis model can be applied to viscous damped deployments (e.g. to the RSA viscous dampers), elastomer damped units (e.g. RSA thruster pointing mechanisms) or cable shock damped units (e.g. RSA spacecraft transport units) and will help to minimize design loops or even tests.
RUAG Space GmbH - Thomas Kessler