3, August 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9477
Open Date: 31/07/2018
Closing Date: 09/10/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.133.09
Prog. Ref.: Technology Developme
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – Technology Developme
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Structures / Struct. Eng. SW / SW for Structure design, analysis, simulation, etc. / Satellites & Probes / Mechanisms / Mechanisms / Instrument specific mechanisms
Techology Domains: Mechanisms / Mechanism Engineering / Engineering Disciplines / Structures / Structural Design and Verification Methods and Tools / Analysis Tools and Methodologies / Structures / Structural Design and Verification Methods and Tools / Testing Tools and Methodologies
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: Mechanical Engineering Department
Division: Structure and Mechanisms Division
Contract Officer: Jeusset, Benjamin
Industrial Policy Measure: C2 – Activities in open competition, significant partecipat…
Last Update Date: 31/07/2018
Update Reason: Tender issue

This activity is split in different parts focusing on various aspects of the overall methodology:1) Models and structural analysisdevelopment, fidelity and coupling: Noise source models are the starting point of microvibration analysis. Some sources are well known and modelled (e.g. Reaction wheel) but others still require some development. In particular, cryo-cooler and stepper motors models are often key to microvibration performance but are generally based on black-box models coming from test characterization withoutamodel representation of the physical phenomena. The source model fidelity shall also be improved (including potential non-linearities, actuators, sensors, controllers…) and verified against test characterization.The coupling of these models to the S/C model (usually FEM) is also a key aspect driving the way the source model will be developed. This coupling shall be improved and more standardized.2) Prediction analysis methods: in the frequency domain (which remains the main domain of analysis), an improvement of summation rules of microvibration contributors associated to disturbances degrees of freedom, harmonics, and combination ofsimultaneous sources is necessary. The objective is a better estimation of the statistical confidence level of the microvibration performance metric using realistic ways of combining the above-mentioned contributorsIn the time domain, a more systematic method to derive state-space models (e.g. modal state-space for the S/C structure, linearised state-space models for some noise sources) and the way to couple them efficiently shall be put in place. Use of multi-body dynamic formulation for some mechanism shall also be explored to be able to model accurately the underlying physical phenomena (linked to point 1)3) Microvibration testing techniques:Microvibration testing at payload or system level is usually limited due to external background noise, MGSE limitations, configuration setup. This usually prevents real end-to-end testing and is leading to simplified testing configuration (e.g. transfer function measurements, reduced number of measurements…). Improving the end-to-end verification of the microvibration performance based on these simplified testing combined with dedicated analyses is also considered necessary.Procurement Policy: C(2) = A relevant participation (in terms of quality and quantity) of non-primes (incl. SMEs) is required. For additional information please go to EMITS news “Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and RD entities in ESA programmes”.

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