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Preventing Failure in Satellites

Primary Investigators:
Douglas Adams
 
Brief Description of Project:
Like many types of structural assemblies, satellites need to withstand a highly dynamic environment especially during launch.  This project will focus on understanding the way a structural assembly responds in this kind of dynamic environment. The vibration of the assembly will be measured using different types of sensor technology.  Then the assembly will be modified to determine if the vibrations become more or less pronounced.

Desired Qualifications: 
Strong desire to learn new things.
An interest in conducting experiments and analyzing data to investigate how engineered components like satellites behave in operation.
Self-motivation to search or the information that is needed to complete a project.
Excellent teamwork and ability to collaborate with others.
Ability to communicate about the project including writing and presentation skills.
A basic understanding of physics including Newton’s Laws.

Nature of Supervision:
Research staff and faculty adviser will supervise the student. 
Meetings will be held several times a week with research staff and once per week with faculty adviser to discuss challenges and solutions in the project. 

A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Discuss research plan and goals of the project.
Setup measurement system including sensors and data acquisition equipment.
Conduct experiments.
Analyze data.
Summarize and present results.
Repeat process after changes are made to traduce noise levels. 

Number of Open Slots: 1
 
Contact Information:
Name: Douglas Adams
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Email: douglas.adams@vanderbilt.edu