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Hydrostatic shoe bearing system for the TIM
Author(s): Elfego Ruiz Schneider; Erika Sohn; Fernando Quiros-Pacheco; Javier Godoy; Alejandro Farah Simon; R. Quintanilla; P. Soto; Luis Salas; Irene Cruz-Gonzales
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Paper Abstract

We present an active, low cost hydrostatic shoe bearing system for the Mexican Infrared Telescope which solves the suspension and motion of a 100 ton, 7.8 m telescope. Different geometries are analyzed to optimize the shoe's pressure print. These designs offer a self-adjusting action between the shoe's sliding path and the girth track. Different parameters such as pressure, temperature and proximity are measured and implemented into a control system in order to stabilize the bearing from the fluid's thermal viscosity effects. A simple method for fluid injection is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4004, Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning, (2 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393928
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Elfego Ruiz Schneider, Instituto de Astronomia/Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Erika Sohn, Instituto de Astronomia/Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Fernando Quiros-Pacheco, Instituto de Astronomia/Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Javier Godoy, Instituto de Astronomia/Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Alejandro Farah Simon, Instituto de Astronomia/Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
R. Quintanilla, Univ. Iberoamericana (Mexico)
P. Soto, Univ. Iberoamericana (Mexico)
Luis Salas, Instituto de Astronomia/Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (United States)
Irene Cruz-Gonzales, Instituto de Astronomia/Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4004:
Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning
Thomas A. Sebring; Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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