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Optimum Mirror Shapes And Supports For Light Weight Mirrors Subjected To Self-Weight
Author(s): Myung K. Cho; Ralph M. Richard; Daniel Vukobratovich
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Paper Abstract

A parametric design study of light weight mirror shapes with various support conditions was performed utilizing the finite element program NASTRAN. Improvements in the mirror performance were made based on the following design criteria: (1) minimization of the optical surface wavefront variations, (2) minimization of the self-weight directly related to cost of manufacturing, and (3) optimal location of support points. A pre-processor to automatically generate a finite element model for each mirror geometry was developed in order to obtain the structural deformations systematically. Additionally, a post-processor, which prepares an input data file for FRINGE (an optical computer code) was developed for generating the optical deflections that lead to the surface wavefront variations. Procedures and modeling techniques to achieve the optimum (the lightest and stiffest mirror shape due to self-weight) are addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1989
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 1167, Precision Engineering and Optomechanics, (9 November 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962926
Show Author Affiliations
Myung K. Cho, University of Arizona (United States)
Ralph M. Richard, University of Arizona (United States)
Daniel Vukobratovich, University of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1167:
Precision Engineering and Optomechanics
Daniel Vukobratovich, Editor(s)

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