Browse Publications Technical Papers 2001-01-2367
2001-07-09

Collaborative Engineering Methods for Radiation Shield Design 2001-01-2367

The hazards of ionizing radiation in space continue to be a limiting factor in the design of spacecraft and habitats. Shielding against such hazards adds to the mission costs and is even an enabling technology in human exploration and development of space. We are developing a web accessible system for radiation hazard evaluation in the design process. The framework for analysis and collaborative engineering is used to integrate mission trajectory, environmental models, craft materials and geometry, system radiation response functions, and mission requirements for evaluation and optimization of shielding distribution and materials. Emphasis of the first version of this integrated design system will address low Earth orbit allowing design system validation using STS, Mir, and ISS measurements. The second version will include Mars, lunar, and other deep space mission analysis. It will also include the capability to perform shielding optimization including shield materials, mission sequence, and propulsion trade studies. The third version will include deep space probe design capability.

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