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Design Manufacturiqg-And Testingof A Two-Axis Servo-Controlled Pointing Device Using A Metal Matrix Composite Mirror
Author(s): P. Pellegrin; E. Stenne; E . Ulph; A. Geiger; P. Hood
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Paper Abstract

An existing mirror drive used in the Belgian Leopard 1 sight has been modified to accomodate a multiple optical output (visible + laser + Thermal Imaging System). The weight/size problem has been solved by using very lightweighted mirror substrates. One design which has been developped with the aid of the Finite Element Mode-ling uses MCA' metal matrix composite because of its high specific stiffness, and moderate machining cost compared to Zerodur and beryllium. Constraints analysis, material choice, design, manufacturing, integration and tests are complete. Laboratory, environment and field trials have shown good results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1989
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1167, Precision Engineering and Optomechanics, (9 November 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962954
Show Author Affiliations
P. Pellegrin, Societe Anonyme Beige de Constructions Aeronautiques (Belgium)
E. Stenne, Societe Anonyme Beige de Constructions Aeronautiques (Belgium)
E . Ulph, The Perkin Elmer Corporation (United States)
A. Geiger, Advanced Composite Materials Corporation (United States)
P. Hood, Advanced Composite Materials Corporation (United States)


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

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