The Exploration of Solar Sails
Solar sails are a form of spacecraft that achieve movement through radiation pressure from the sun. My Honors Thesis focuses on a 'heliogyro type' of solar sail, which is essentially long thin blades that rotate around a central hub, very similar to that of a helicopter rotor. The following image is a conceptual view of a heliogyro type solar sail, which was created on ANSYS.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program.
Honors thesis, Solar sails, Engineering, ANSYS Simulation Software