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VLT primary support system
Author(s): Ernst-Dieter Knohl
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Paper Abstract

A large, flexible mirror like the VLT Primary needs several sophisticated support systems, one for each operation during its lifetime. Typical mirror specifications, design loads and design requirements are given. For astronomical use ZEISS proposes a hydraulical passive support system for all 6 DOF of the mirror. For active correction an actuator with high dynamic bandwidth is connected to the axial passive support. Design features are discussed. Particularly the dynamic behavior of the support system is studied in an ACSL simulation. Active damping is foreseen as backup feature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176196
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Ernst-Dieter Knohl, Carl Zeiss Oberkochen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2199:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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