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Cold-shaping of thin glass foils as a method for mirror processing: from basic concepts to mass production of mirrors
Author(s): Rodolfo Canestrari; Giovanni Pareschi; Giancarlo Parodi; Francesco Martelli; Nadia Missaglia; Robert Banham
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Paper Abstract

We present a method for the production of segmented optics. It is a process developed at INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (INAF-OAB) employing commercial of-the-shelf materials. It is based on the shaping of thin glass foils by means of forced bending that occurs at room temperature [cold-shaping (CS)]. The glass is then assembled into a sandwich structure for retaining the imposed shape. The principal mechanical features of the mirrors are their low weight, rigidity and environmental robustness. The cost and production time also are competitive. We sum up the results achieved during research and development performed in the past years. We have investigated the theoretical limits of the structural components by means of parametric finite elements analyses; we also discuss the effects caused by the most common structural loads. Finally, the process implementation, the more significant validation tests and the mass production at the industry are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2013
PDF: 13 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(5) 051204 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.5.051204
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Rodolfo Canestrari, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Giovanni Pareschi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Giancarlo Parodi, BCV Progetti S.r.l. (Italy)
Francesco Martelli, BCV Progetti S.r.l. (Italy)
Nadia Missaglia, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)
Robert Banham, Media Lario Technologies (Italy)

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