A set of three orthogonally aligned torque rods wired up so they can generate a magnetic dipole field of either sign (i.e. flip the North and South. Magnetic Torquers. These devices interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and create control torque, which can be adjusted to the required value. Combined with. In this work the issue of acceleration disturbances onboard of GRACE due to magnetic torquers is investigated and discussed. Each of the.

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Magnetic Torquers

Archived from the original pdf on The full analysis will be easier to apply by measuring one magnetorquer at a time, but I’m going to assume that their torque lines up with the rotational vectors torquees well, allowing for all of them to be handled. However, remember that the magnetic field lines around the Earth are themselves a dipole field, which is a toroidal shape.

Mathematically, the torque is provided in the direction of: Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. I’m trying to better understand the mathematics behind how torque rods work.

The dipole interacts with the magnetic field generating a torque whose expression is:. If you are lined up perfectly with the magnetic field, you cannot control your rotation about the field. Basically, most magnetorquers function something like bar magnets that can be dialed to select how powerful, and magetic direction, they pull in.

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Adam Wuerl 3, 11 Torque rods rely on the change in direction of the Earth’s magnetic field, which is especially problematic in equatorial orbits because to first order the field has a constant inertial direction. What is the math behind Magnetorquers? Sign up using Email and Password. Email Required, but never shown.


It is also impossible to control attitude in all three axes even if the full three coils are used, because the torque can be generated only perpendicular to the Earth’s magnetic field vector.

This makes it possible to freely pivot the craft around in a known local gradient of the magnetic field by only using electrical energy. The main disadvantage of magnetorquers is that very high magnetic flux densities are needed if large craft have to be turned very fast.

I have magnetorquers on the satellite of a known strength, and I’m trying to determine how much control authority I have in various directions. Magnetorquers are lightweight, reliable, and energy-efficient. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November Articles with unsourced statements from December Without resistance, it will overshoot the pole, making it difficult to exactly line up on an axis.

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I know that even if you have 3 axis maggnetic magnetic torquers, in effect there is only 2 axis of control, and I’m trying to figure out how all of this works exactly. Mathematically, the torque is provided in the direction of:. As long as current is passing through the coils and the spacecraft has not yet been stabilized in a fixed orientation with respect to the external field, the craft’s spinning will continue.

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The magnetic dipole generated by the magnetorquer is expressed by the formula:. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. The three coil assembly usually takes the form of three perpendicular coils, because this setup equalizes the rotational symmetry of the fields which can be generated; no matter how the external field and the craft are placed with respect to each other, approximately the same torque can always be generated simply by using different amounts of current on the three different coils.

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This means that the magnetorquer will have to be continuously operated, and at a power level which is enough to counter the resistive forces present.

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Unlike thrustersthey do not require expendable propellant either, so they could in theory work indefinitely as long as sufficient power is available to match the resistive load of the coils. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Torque rods are used to desaturate these effectors which accumulate momentum due to disturbance torques like atmospheric drag, and to de-spin satellites e. Over time active control can produce very fast spinning even here, but for accurate attitude control and stabilization the torques provided often aren’t enough.

How much control authority do I have, given a magnetic field in body coordinates, and 3 equal strength magnetorquers in orthogonal vectors lined up with the body axis? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Math is very frequently helpful in spaceflight. The dependence on the highly variable intensity of Earth’s magnetic field is also problematic because then the attitude control problem becomes magndtic nonlinear.