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SEMINAR: Multibody Dynamics: from Space Exploration to Renewable Energy
September 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
This seminar will present an overview of multibody dynamics research taking place in the Engineering Mechanics and Space Systems Lab at NC State, with a focus on space systems and renewable energy applications. After a brief introduction, advances in tethered aerospace systems and bio-inspired planetary rovers will be presented, followed by recent advances in tethered multibody systems used to extract energy from ocean currents. Tethered aerospace systems have a vast array of applications, including artificial gravity, in-space energy generation, momentum transfer, asteroid diversion, trajectory control for scientific balloons, and in-space propulsion. Bio-inspired rovers, such as the Tumbleweed Rover and the Transforming Rolling Roving Explorer (TRREx), have the potential to open up currently inaccessible terrains for exploration on planetary bodies such as Mars. Tether and sail systems for providing trajectory control for scientific balloons will enable many new mission scenarios to be undertaken. Lessons learned and expertise developed during the study of tethered aerospace systems and bio-inspired rovers are currently being applied to several multibody tethered systems being developed to extract energy from ocean currents, and the second half of the seminar will focus on these renewable energy systems.
Dr. Andre Mazzoleni is currently an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at NC State University. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Engineering Mechanics, and also has a master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Duke University. Dr. Mazzoleni’s research lab, the Engineering Mechanics and Space Systems Laboratory, focuses on modeling and simulation of multibody systems, and prototype development, with applications to space exploration, renewable energy, and biomechanics.
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