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Fabrication and Testing of Carbon Fiber, Graphite-Epoxy Panels for Submillimeter Telescope Use
Author(s): H. Rieger; G. Helwig; R. E. Parks; B. L. Ulich
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Paper Abstract

An experimental carbon-fiber, graphite-epoxy, aluminum Flexcore sandwich panel roughly 1-m square was made by Dornier System, Friedrichshafen, West Germany. The panel was a pre-prototype of the panels to be used in the dish of the 10-m diameter Sub-Millimeter Telescope, a joint project of the Max-Planck-Institute fur Radioastronomie, Bonn, West Germany, and Steward Observatory, the University of Arizona in Tucson. This paper outlines the fabrication process for the panel and indicates the surface accuracy of the panel replication process. To predict the behavior of the panel under various environmental loads, the panel was modeled structurally using anisotropic elements for the core material. Results of this analysis along with experimental verification of these predictions are also given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 1983
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0433, Contemporary Methods of Optical Manufacturing and Testing, (9 December 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.936804
Show Author Affiliations
H. Rieger, Dornier System GmbH (Germany)
G. Helwig, Dornier System GmbH (Germany)
R. E. Parks, University of Arizona (United States)
B. L. Ulich, University of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0433:
Contemporary Methods of Optical Manufacturing and Testing
Gregory M. Sanger, Editor(s)

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