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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 5045740, 17 pages
Research Article

Research on Microvibrations Generated by a Control Moment Gyroscope on a Flexible Interface Based on a Dynamic Substructure Method

School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xiongfei Li; moc.361@8090il_iefgnoix

Received 20 July 2017; Accepted 15 January 2018; Published 8 April 2018

Academic Editor: Christopher J. Damaren

Copyright © 2018 Xiongfei Li and Wei Cheng. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Microvibrations generated by a control moment gyroscope (CMG) will couple with a flexible spacecraft structure, and this seriously degrades certain point performances of a spacecraft. This study focuses on investigating the coupled microvibrations caused by a CMG on a flexible interface by using a dynamic substructure method (DSM). First, a DSM based on a frequency response function (FRF) is established, and this method is used to simultaneously synthesize multiple substructures with different coordinates irrespective of whether their connection interfaces are rigid or flexible. Second, the bearings and the gimbal servo system are simplified into linear springs, and therefore the CMG model is equivalent to a mass-spring-damping system with eighteen degrees of freedom (DOFs). Third, the established DSM is employed to deduce the FRF matrix of the CMG-flexible interface coupling system that consists of CMG mounted on an aluminum honeycomb sandwich palate (AHSP). Dynamic responses of the coupling system are calculated by the derived FRF matrix. Finally, MATLAB and multibody dynamics simulations are conducted to analyze and validate the dynamic responses of the coupling system obtained by the DSM. The results indicate that the DSM is appropriate to predict the coupled microvibrations of CMG on a flexible interface and exhibits high prediction accuracy and computational efficiency.