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Strength of glass from Hertzian line contact
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Paper Abstract

In optical lens assembly, metal retaining rings are often used to hold the lens in place. If we mount a lens to a sharp metal edge using normal retention force, high compressive stress is loaded to the interface and the calculated tensile stress near the contact area from Hertzian contact appears higher than allowable. Therefore, conservative designs are used to ensure that glass will not fracture during assembly and operation. We demonstrate glass survival with very high levels of stress. This paper analyzes the high contact stress between glass lenses and metal mounts using finite element model and to predict its effect on the glass strength with experimental data. We show that even though contact damage may occur under high surface tensile stress, the stress region is shallow compared to the existing flaw depth. So that glass strength will not be degraded and the component can survive subsequent applied stresses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8125, Optomechanics 2011: Innovations and Solutions, 81250E (24 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893583
Show Author Affiliations
Wenrui Cai, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Brian Cuerden, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Robert E. Parks, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
James H. Burge, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8125:
Optomechanics 2011: Innovations and Solutions
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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