In the field of planetary exploration, the legged-type lander is a common landing buffer device. There are two important performance metrics for legged-type landers: the energy absorption capacity and landing stability. In this paper, a novel method is proposed to optimize the honeycomb buffer of a legged-type lander. Optimization design variables are the dimension parameters of honeycomb and the objective functions are the evaluation parameters of the above two performance metrics.
A multi-body dynamic model of a lander and a finite-element model of the metal honeycomb are established. Based on the simulation results of the finite-element model and the quartic polynomial, the surrogate models are established to evaluate the energy absorption capacity of honeycomb. Considering both the multi-body dynamic model and the surrogate models, the study designed the optimization flow of dimension parameters of honeycomb. Besides, the non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm II is used for iterative calculation.
Images of surrogate models show the monotonous functional relationship between the honeycomb’s energy absorption characteristics and its dimension parameters. Optimization results show an apparent contradiction among the objective functions. Besides, according to the simulation results, this method can significantly improve the comprehensive performance of the lander.
The novel method can effectively reduce the cost of honeycomb compression tests and improve the lander’s design. Therefore, it can be used for optimizing buffers of other types of legged-type landers.
Wang, H., He, T. and Wang, C. (2021), "A comprehensive performance optimization method for the honeycomb buffer of a legged-type lander", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 93 No. 5, pp. 821-831. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEAT-02-2021-0043
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