# A Correlated Study of the Response of a Satellite to Acoustic Radiation Using Statistical Energy Analysis and Acoustic Test Data

## Abstract

Aerospace payloads, such as satellites, are subjected to vibroacoustic excitation during launch. Sandia's MTI satellite has recently been certified to this environment using a combination of base input random vibration and reverberant acoustic noise. The initial choices for the acoustic and random vibration test specifications were obtained from the launch vehicle Interface Control Document (ICD). In order to tailor the random vibration levels for the laboratory certification testing, it was necessary to determine whether vibration energy was flowing across the launch vehicle interface from the satellite to the launch vehicle or the other direction. For frequencies below 120 Hz this issue was addressed using response limiting techniques based on results from the Coupled Loads Analysis (CLA). However, since the CLA Finite Element Analysis FEA model was only correlated for frequencies below 120 Hz, Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) was considered to be a better choice for predicting the direction of the energy flow for frequencies above 120 Hz. The existing SEA model of the launch vehicle had been developed using the VibroAcoustic Payload Environment Prediction System (VAPEPS) computer code [1]. Therefore, the satellite would have to be modeled using VAPEPS as well. As is the case for any computational model, themore »

- Authors:

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)

- Sponsoring Org.:
- US Department of Energy (US)

- OSTI Identifier:
- 14834

- Report Number(s):
- SAND99-1386C

TRN: AH200130%%41

- DOE Contract Number:
- AC04-94AL85000

- Resource Type:
- Conference

- Resource Relation:
- Conference: 70th Shock and Vibration Symposium, Albuquerque, NM (US), 11/15/1999--11/19/1999; Other Information: PBD: 15 Nov 1999

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 42 ENGINEERING; ACOUSTIC TESTING; ENERGY ANALYSIS; EXCITATION; FORECASTING; SATELLITES; RESPONSE FUNCTIONS; SOUND WAVES; MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS; LAUNCHING; V CODES; S CODES

### Citation Formats

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CAP,JEROME S., and TRACEY,BRIAN.
```*A Correlated Study of the Response of a Satellite to Acoustic Radiation Using Statistical Energy Analysis and Acoustic Test Data*. United States: N. p., 1999.
Web.

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CAP,JEROME S., & TRACEY,BRIAN.
```*A Correlated Study of the Response of a Satellite to Acoustic Radiation Using Statistical Energy Analysis and Acoustic Test Data*. United States.

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CAP,JEROME S., and TRACEY,BRIAN. Mon .
"A Correlated Study of the Response of a Satellite to Acoustic Radiation Using Statistical Energy Analysis and Acoustic Test Data". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/14834.
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@article{osti_14834,
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title = {A Correlated Study of the Response of a Satellite to Acoustic Radiation Using Statistical Energy Analysis and Acoustic Test Data},

author = {CAP,JEROME S. and TRACEY,BRIAN},

abstractNote = {Aerospace payloads, such as satellites, are subjected to vibroacoustic excitation during launch. Sandia's MTI satellite has recently been certified to this environment using a combination of base input random vibration and reverberant acoustic noise. The initial choices for the acoustic and random vibration test specifications were obtained from the launch vehicle Interface Control Document (ICD). In order to tailor the random vibration levels for the laboratory certification testing, it was necessary to determine whether vibration energy was flowing across the launch vehicle interface from the satellite to the launch vehicle or the other direction. For frequencies below 120 Hz this issue was addressed using response limiting techniques based on results from the Coupled Loads Analysis (CLA). However, since the CLA Finite Element Analysis FEA model was only correlated for frequencies below 120 Hz, Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) was considered to be a better choice for predicting the direction of the energy flow for frequencies above 120 Hz. The existing SEA model of the launch vehicle had been developed using the VibroAcoustic Payload Environment Prediction System (VAPEPS) computer code [1]. Therefore, the satellite would have to be modeled using VAPEPS as well. As is the case for any computational model, the confidence in its predictive capability increases if one can correlate a sample prediction against experimental data. Fortunately, Sandia had the ideal data set for correlating an SEA model of the MTI satellite--the measured response of a realistic assembly to a reverberant acoustic test that was performed during MTI's qualification test series. The first part of this paper will briefly describe the VAPEPS modeling effort and present the results of the correlation study for the VAPEPS model. The second part of this paper will present the results from a study that used a commercial SEA software package [2] to study the effects of in-plane modes and to evaluate ways of accounting for low modal density in SEA modeling.},

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place = {United States},

year = {1999},

month = {11}

}