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Application of flexure structures to active and adaptive opto-mechanical mechanisms
Author(s): Lorenzo Zago; Pierre M. Genequand; Ivar Kjelberg; Joseph Morschel
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Paper Abstract

Active and adaptive structures, also commonly called 'smart' structures, combine in one integrated system various functions such as load carrying and structural function, mechanical (cinematic) functions, sensing, control and actuating. Originally developed for high accuracy opto-mechanical applications, CSEM's technology of flexure structures and flexible mechanisms is particularly suited to solve many structural and mechanical issues found in such active/adaptive mechanisms. The paper illustrates some recent flexure structures developments at CSEM and outlines the comprehensive know-how involved in this technology. This comprises in particular the elaboration of optimal design guidelines, related to the geometry, kinematics and dynamics issues (for instance, the minimization of spurious high frequency effects), the evaluation and predictability of all performance quantities relevant to the utilization of flexure structures in space (reliability, fatigue, static and dynamic modeling, etc.). material issues and manufacturing procedures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997);
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Lorenzo Zago, CSEM--Swiss Ctr. for Electronics and Microtechnology (Switzerland)
Pierre M. Genequand, CSEM--Swiss Ctr. for Electronics and Microtechnology (Switzerland)
Ivar Kjelberg, CSEM--Swiss Ctr. for Electronics and Microtechnology (Switzerland)
Joseph Morschel, CSEM--Swiss Ctr. for Electronics and Microtechnology (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2871:
Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow
Arne L. Ardeberg, Editor(s)

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