The overall objective of the project is to determine the practicality of a floating damper consisting of hollow spheres. This will involve a thorough literature search followed by a number of test cases with accompanying data analysis. The following test cases are notionally envisioned to meet these objectives. Each of these tests will use PE spheres floating in a water tank.
Propellant slosh damping is typically necessary to allow reasonable dynamic control of a launch vehicle. The standard method for damping slosh in propellant tanks is a set of baffles. However, these add significant weight, design and analysis work, and manufacturing complexity to a propellant tank.