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Thermo-mechanical performance of precision C/SiC mounts
Author(s): William A. Goodman; Claus E. Mueller; Marc T. Jacoby; Jim D. Wells
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Paper Abstract

For complex shaped, lightweight, high precision opto- mechanical structures that must operate in adverse environments and over wide ranges of temperature, we consider IABG's optical grade silicon carbide composite ceramic (C/SiC) as the material of choice. C/SiC employs conventional NC machining/milling equipment to rapidly fabricate near-net shape parts, providing substantial schedule, cost, and risk savings for high precision components. Unlike powder based SiC ceramics, C/SiC does not experience significant shrinkage during processing, nor does it suffer from incomplete densification. If required, e.g. for large-size components, a fully-monolithic ceramic joining technique can be applied. Generally, the thermal and mechanical properties of C/SiC are tunable in certain ranges by modifying certain process steps. This paper focuses on the thermo-mechanical performance of new, high precision mounts designed by Schafer Corporation and manufactured by IABG. The mounts were manufactured using standard optical grade C/SiC (formulation internally called A-3). The A-3 formulation has a near-perfect CTE match with silicon, making it the ideal material to athermally support Schafer produced Silicon Lightweight Mirrors (SLMs) that will operate in a cryogenic environment. Corresponding thermo- mechanical testing and analysis is presented in this manuscript.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4451, Optical Manufacturing and Testing IV, (27 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.453644
Show Author Affiliations
William A. Goodman, Schafer Corp. (United States)
Claus E. Mueller, Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft GmbH-TRW (Germany)
Marc T. Jacoby, Schafer Corp. (United States)
Jim D. Wells, Schafer Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4451:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing IV
H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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