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The Design Of A Space Optical System Using Computer-Aided Engineering Techniques
Author(s): Gareth R. Thomas; Ralph D. Brillhart; Edmund A. Louie
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Paper Abstract

Using computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools and techniques for the design of a space optical system, from preliminary design through testing of hardware, provided an excellent means for compressing project schedules. The three principal steps in the process were (1) solids modeling, (2) structural analysis, and (3) design test. Geometric solid modeling requires that the components of the system be described expli-citly in the CAE database. In this case the components consist of a number of electronic chassis and their associated circuit boards, the optical head, the gimballed mirror and the optical bench. The CAE database was used to support: (a) checks of layouts and parts interference, (b) development and modification of designs, (c) fabrication drawing preparation, (d) computation of properties for further computer analysis, (e) project team communication, and (f) generation of presentation aids for customer communication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 1987
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0748, Structural Mechanics of Optical Systems II, (3 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.939815
Show Author Affiliations
Gareth R. Thomas, SDRC, Inc. (United States)
Ralph D. Brillhart, SDRC,Inc. (United States)
Edmund A. Louie, GTE Government Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0748:
Structural Mechanics of Optical Systems II
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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