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Thermal performance prediction of the TMT optics
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Paper Abstract

Thermal analysis for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) optics (the primary mirror segment, the secondary mirror, and the tertiary mirror) was performed using finite element analysis in ANSYS and I-DEAS. In the thermal analysis, each of the optical assemblies (mirror, mirror supports, cell) was modeled for various thermal conditions including air convections, conductions, heat flux loadings, and radiations. The thermal time constant of each mirror was estimated and the temperature distributions of the mirror assemblies were calculated under the various thermal loading conditions. The thermo-elastic analysis was made to obtain the thermal deformation based on the resulting temperature distributions. The optical performance of the TMT optics was evaluated from the thermally induced mirror deformations. The goal of this thermal analysis is to establish thermal models by the FEA programs to simulate for an adequate thermal environment. These thermal models can be utilized for estimating the thermal responses of the TMT optics. In order to demonstrate the thermal responses, various sample time-dependent thermal loadings were modeled to synthesize the operational environment. Thermal responses of the optics were discussed and the optical consequences were evaluated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 701716 (16 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789212
Show Author Affiliations
Myung Cho, GSMT Program Office, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Andrew Corredor, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Shane Pootrakul, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Konstantinos Vogiatzis, TMT Project Office, California Institute of Technology (United States)
George Angeli, TMT Project Office, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7017:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III
George Z. Angeli; Martin J. Cullum, Editor(s)

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