Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Tabriz, Iran


During launching and deploying to orbit, satellites experience vibration loads from launch vehicle especially in longitudinal direction. Even though the aim of the adapter between satellite and launcher is to isolate the satellite from the launcher's dynamic loads, however, still enough harsh vibration loads that can affect the operation of satellite's delicate systems transmit to the structure of the satellite. Therefore, there is need to isolate the delicate systems from vibrations of the satellite's structure. In this paper, the performance of a new material namely Silicone Gel in isolating delicate equipments (such as electronic board and its components) of satellite from longitudinal vibrations is investigated using finite element method. The results of modeling of an isolator containing Silicone Gel are verified by the available experimental results from the literature. Besides having frequency dependent behavior and dissipation characteristic, Silicone Gel shows hyper-elastic behavior that these characteristic are considered in modeling and analysis. Also an electronic board that overlays on Silicon Gel type mounts is modeled and the amount of transmitted vibration to lead wire of a resistor on it is investigated. The obtained results show that the Silicone Gel has good performance in isolating of delicate equipments of satellite from incoming longitudinal vibrations. 


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