Petal-type Deployable Solid-surface Reflector (PDSR) is a kind of important structure widely applied in deployable reflector antennas in aerospace engineering. The dynamic properties of this reflector structure in deployed state are significant to the reflector accuracy for antennas. However, the study of the dynamic evaluation of deployable structure with revolute joints is difficult and seldom concerned by researchers. In order to study dynamic properties of the PDSR, the Cable Replacement Method (CRM) was utilized to equivalently simulate the nonlinear structural stiffness of the revolute joint for numerical analyses. The Finite Element Model (FEM) of this reflector structure was established by commercial software ANSYS (ANSYS Inc., Canonsburg, PA, USA) and verified by the theoretical analysis and dynamic test of actual prototype model. The natural frequencies and mode shapes of deployed reflector were computed to study the influence of drag spring design parameters as stiffness, pre-tensioned force, and distance of two adjacent linkage butts. Finally, the analysis results were concluded that the drag springs between two adjacent petals can essentially improve the dynamic performance of reflector structure in deployed state. It can be a useful technical system for future engineering applications of PDSR antennas.
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