Initial finite element analysis on the final design have been developed using FEMAP which utilizes the SPRINT analization software. Sprint was used to develop a bending stress analysis, Figure 6, on the final design structure. The maximum bending stress 174.4 psi and acts on element A as shown in the figure.
Figure 8: Bending Stress Analysis
The bending stress analysis was constructed as a result of the gravitational forces acting on the structure by the sun, Earth, and moon. These forces acted on the structure in all three planes (X, Y, Z). Figure 7 shows the structure as acted upon by these forces
Figure 9: Force Schematic