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Final design, fabrication, factory integration, and test of a 4.2-m telescope mount
Author(s): David S. Porter; Kerstan G. Hermann; James J. Schuldenberg
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Paper Abstract

VertexRSI completed the 4.2-meter Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope Mount in 2001. The Mount is now in assembly and test at the site in Chile. This paper will discuss the final mechanical design of the Mount and the implementation of the design requirements during fabrication, factory integration and testing. The final design includes detailed finite element structural analysis, 3-D design models, and precise machining requirements. These requirements were implemented in the fabrication using standard and novel machining approaches. Factory integration proved out the design and fabrication process. The connection of these items with the success of the testing is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2003
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (4 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.456786
Show Author Affiliations
David S. Porter, VertexRSI (United States)
Kerstan G. Hermann, VertexRSI (United States)
James J. Schuldenberg, VertexRSI (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4837:
Large Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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