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Athermal design of nearly incompressible bonds
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Paper Abstract

Selecting the proper thickness of high shape factor bonds using near incompressible adhesives is critical to minimize the elastic response of the bonded optical element. For incompressible adhesives with low shape factor, variations in the bond thickness are shown not to be as critical. This is illustrated in the evaluation and redesign of an RTV bond for a primary mirror of a Cassegrain telescope. The initial bond was oversized and highly constrained resulting in focus errors in the telescope during optical testing. Subsequent redesign of the bond thickness to athermalize the design compared various closed-form solutions and finite element parametric studies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4771, Optomechanical Design and Engineering 2002, (9 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.482171
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Keith B. Doyle, Optical Research Associates (United States)
Gregory J. Michels, Sigmadyne, Inc. (United States)
Victor L. Genberg, Sigmadyne, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4771:
Optomechanical Design and Engineering 2002
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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