Melanie Delapierre

Graduate Student

delapmel@caltech.edu

Mélanie joined the Space Structures Laboratory in 2013. She received her Master’s degree in Space Engineering from Caltech in 2013. She did her undergrad in France at Ecole Polytechnique where she received the diploma of “Ingénieur de l’ecole Polytechnique” in 2014.

Her research focuses on the dynamics and stability of spinning membranes. Membranes or membrane-like structures are light and tightly packageable but need to be deployed and stabilized in space. Mélanie studies how spinning the structure can be used to stabilize it, and how it influences its dynamics (vibrations). She uses finite element simulations in Abaqus FEA and LS-DYNA, develops analytical models and performs experiments in vacuum using High Speed Digital Image Correlation.

She is involved in the early stage development of the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI), a collaborative project with research groups in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering.

Publications: 

  • M. Delapierre, S. Pellegrino, Spin-Stabilized Membrane antenna structures, 2nd AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 5-8 January 2015, Kissimmee, FL.

  • Delapierre, M. and Pellegrino, S. (2015). Spin-stabilized membrane antenna structures, 2nd AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 5-8 January 2015, Kissimmee, FL