1988-10-01

Identification and Characterization of Structural Nonlinearities in the Space Shuttle Main Engine 881526

Structural nonlinearities should be considered in the analysis and modeling of mechanical systems for accuracy in predicting dynamic behavior. Moreover, checks for nonlinearity should address the type and class of nonlinearity in the structure and identify the probable cause. A series of experimental modal survey tests were carried out to determine and characterize the structural nonlinearities of the Space shuttle Main Engine (SSME) main injector. Different excitation regimes at various amplitudes were utilized to induce vibration and strain, and acceleration measurements were taken at judiciously selected locations. The test results indicated that both stiffness and damping non-linearities were present.

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