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Carbon fibre reinforced plastic structures for instruments for very large and extremely large telescopes
Author(s): Niels Christian Jessen; Hans Ulrik Norgaard-Nielsen; Jorgen Schroll
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Paper Abstract

Traditionally, instruments for astronomical telescopes are built in Aluminium plate structures, but with the increasing demand for complexity and consequent increase in mass (e.g. the instruments for Very Large Telescopes (VLT) and the future eXtremely Large Telescopes (XLT)), lightweight structures of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) become attractive. CFRP-structures give higher stiffness per unit weight and are less sensible to temperature variations. As an example the performance of a CFRP lattice structure for the ESO VLT X-shooter instrument is compared with the present design of the Aluminium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5877, Optomechanics 2005, 58770M (9 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.614859
Show Author Affiliations
Niels Christian Jessen, Danish National Space Center (Denmark)
Hans Ulrik Norgaard-Nielsen, Danish National Space Center (Denmark)
Jorgen Schroll, Xperion (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5877:
Optomechanics 2005
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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