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A dynamic thermal model for design and control of an 800-element open-air radio telescope
Author(s): Michael Bremer; Albert Greve
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Paper Abstract

In earlier work we have described the thermal modelling for design and control of a fully insulated, and sometimes ventilated, high precision radio telescope. For such an insulated telescope the modelling of the time-variable dynamic influence of the thermal environment (air, sky and ground radiation, insolation) is relatively simple. The modelling becomes however quite complex for an open-air radio telescope where each individual member of the reflector backup structure (BUS) and the support structure (fork or yoke) is exposed under a different and time-dependent aspect angle to the thermal environment, which applies in particular to solar radiation. We present a time-dependent 800-element thermal model of an open-air telescope. Using the IRAM 30-m radio telescope as the basic mechanical structure, we explain how the temperature induced, real-time pointing and reflector surface deformations can be derived when using as input the day of the year, the thermal environment, and the geographic position of the telescope and its changing pointing direction. Thermal modelling and results similar to those reported here can be used for radio telescope design and real-time control of pointing and surface adjustment of a telescope with active panels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8336, Integrated Modeling of Complex Optomechanical Systems, 83360U (10 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.915584
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Michael Bremer, IRAM-Domaine Univ. de Grenoble (France)
Albert Greve, IRAM-Domaine Univ. de Grenoble (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8336:
Integrated Modeling of Complex Optomechanical Systems
Torben Andersen; Anita Enmark, Editor(s)

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