A Comparative Analysis of Dynamical Models for Tidal Dissipation in Natural Satellite Ephemerides

Floris, Manuel (2022) A Comparative Analysis of Dynamical Models for Tidal Dissipation in Natural Satellite Ephemerides. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Aerospace engineering [LM-DM270] - Forli', Documento full-text non disponibile
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The study of the tides of a celestial bodies can unveil important information about their interior as well as their orbital evolution. The most important tidal parameter is the Love number, which defines the deformation of the gravity field due to an external perturbing body. Tidal dissipation is very important because it drives the secular orbital evolution of the natural satellites, which is even more important in the case of the the Jupiter system, where three of the Galilean moons, Io, Europa and Ganymede, are locked in an orbital resonance where the ratio of their mean motions is 4:2:1. This is called Laplace resonance. Tidal dissipation is described by the dissipation ratio k2/Q, where Q is the quality factor and it describes the dampening of a system. The goal of this thesis is to analyze and compare the two main tidal dynamical models, Mignard's model and gravity field variation model, to understand the differences between each model with a main focus on the single-moon case with Io, which can help also understanding better the differences between the two models without over complicating the dynamical model. In this work we have verified and validated both models, we have compared them and pinpointed the main differences and features that characterize each model. Mignard's model treats the tides directly as a force, while the gravity field variation model describes the tides with a change of the spherical harmonic coefficients. Finally, we have also briefly analyzed the difference between the single-moon case and the two-moon case, and we have confirmed that the governing equations that describe the change of semi-major axis and eccentricity are not good anymore when more moons are present.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Floris, Manuel
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Correlatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Tidal dissipation, orbital dynamics, Ephemerides
Data di discussione della Tesi
13 Ottobre 2022

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