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Development of a novel actuator concept for position control of segmented mirrors of ELT
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Paper Abstract

Currently, a number of astrophysical institutes all over the world are working on the design of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT). Due to the enormous size of the primary mirror these telescopes make use of segmented mirrors. These segments have to be positioned with respect to each other with nanometer accuracy in spite of all kind of external disturbances such as wind loads, thermal loads, deformation of the base frame, varying orientation with respect to the field of gravity, etc. Janssen Precision Engineering (JPE) developed a revolutionary position actuator called the HiPAC which is able to fulfill the demanding requirements for this kind of actuators. The actuator is based on an integrated system of a pneumatic actuator, an electric voice coil and smart control strategy and has the following features: high positioning accuracy performance due to play-free and frictionless actuation; high reliability and maintenance free operation due to flexure-based frictionless guiding; system behavior is constant in time, because no parts affected by wear are used in the actuator; low cost, because no highly accurate machined parts required to reach high end performance; the position actuator acts as an integrated vibration isolator which isolates the segmented mirrors from external vibrations induced in the telescope frame; In this paper the design, simulation and measurements of the HiPAC actuator will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62672U (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671670
Show Author Affiliations
H. Janssen, Janssen Precision Engineering B.V. (Netherlands)
R. Geurink, Janssen Precision Engineering B.V. (Netherlands)
M. Teuwen, Janssen Precision Engineering B.V. (Netherlands)
B. v. Bree, Janssen Precision Engineering B.V. (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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