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Athermalization of EO test equipment optical structures using low-expansion graphite/epoxy composites
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Paper Abstract

The paper deals with the feasibility study and use of advanced composite materials in the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) program's field-test equipment. Emphasis is placed on thermal expansion in the optical test-equipment structure under elevated-temperature conditions. A design approach using a low-CTE graphite/epoxy composite for the optical bed is considered, and based on several constraints, four basic design approaches are evaluated: honeycomb, separated plate, machine solid, and thin solid. A prototype system is covered, and the test results of coupon samples of the composite baseplate material indicate that CTE is less than 1 ppm/deg C over a wide temperature range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1303, Advances in Optical Structure Systems, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21527
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Philip I. Richardson, Martin Marietta Electronic Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1303:
Advances in Optical Structure Systems
John A. Breakwell; Victor L. Genberg; Gary C. Krumweide, Editor(s)

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