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GMT azimuth bogie wheel-rail interface wear study
Author(s): Jose Teran; Cory Lindh; Chris Morgan; Eric Manuel; Bruce C. Bigelow; William S. Burgett
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Paper Abstract

Performance of the GMT azimuth drive system is vital for the operation of the telescope and, as such, all components subject to wear at the drive interface merit a high level of scrutiny for achieving a proper balance between capital costs, maintenance costs, and the risk for downtime during planned and unplanned maintenance or replacement procedures. Of particular importance is the interface between the azimuth wheels and rail, as usage frequency is high, the full weight of the enclosure must be transferred through small patches of contact, and replacement of the rail would pose a greater logistical challenge than the replacement of smaller components such as bearings and gearmotors. This study investigates tradeoffs between various wheel-rail and roller-track interfaces, including performance, complexity, and anticipated wear considerations. First, a survey of railway and overhead crane industry literature is performed and general detailing recommendations are made to minimize wear and the risk of rolling contact fatigue. Second, Adams/VI-Rail is used to simulate lifetime wear of four specific configurations under consideration for the GMT azimuth wheel-rail interface; all studied configurations are shown to be viable, and their relative merits are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99062P (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2230989
Show Author Affiliations
Jose Teran, M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. (United States)
Cory Lindh, Uni-Systems Engineering (United States)
Chris Morgan, Uni-Systems Engineering (United States)
Eric Manuel, M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. (United States)
Bruce C. Bigelow, GMTO Corp. (United States)
William S. Burgett, GMTO Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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