Advanced FEA for Large Telescope Truss

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This course demonstrates the structural analysis of a telescope truss model.The design of the telescope truss should be able to sustain dynamic loads and must be flexible enough to provide support for different motions. It has to withstand varying loads due to gravity, temperature, winds, etc. The installation, maintenance and durability are major challenges in the design of the telescope truss. FEA simulation helps to predict the behavior under these real-life physical conditions. This SimCafe Structural Course was developed by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran, Swanson Director of Engineering Simulation at Cornell University in partnership with Ansys, and was last modified by Sebastien Lachanc-Barrett. It serves as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and provides a resource for supplementary learning outside the classroom. In this tutorial, we will learn an end-to-end workflow for importing a realistic geometry and understand the importance of FEA simulations when designing the telescope truss.

For more ways to learn, check out the Cornell edX course, A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations at ansys.com/cornell.

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