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UKIRT Upgrades Program: design and installation of the Dome Ventilation System (DVS)
Author(s): Daniel H. Neff; Edward A. Hileman; S. J. Kain; Charles P. Cavedoni; Timothy C. Chuter
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Paper Abstract

In order to encourage adequate dome ventilation to reduce or eliminate dome seeing at the 3.8 m United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), a dome ventilation system (DVS) was designed to be installed in the lower dome skirt. The modifications to the dome for the new DVS apertures consisted of installing a reinforcing frame containing an insulated rollup door and adjustable louvers. This paper describes the finite element structural analysis of the reinforcing frame, the detailed design of the frame hardware, the design of the programmable language control (PLC) system for controlling the opening and closing of the rollup doors, and the fabrication and installation of a prototype frame assembly. To date, a prototype assembly has been installed that confirms the design, and fifteen production assemblies are currently under fabrication for installation by September 1996.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2871, Optical Telescopes of Today and Tomorrow, (21 March 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.269100
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel H. Neff, M3 Engineering and Technology Corp. (United States)
Edward A. Hileman, M3 Engineering and Technology Corp. (United States)
S. J. Kain, M3 Engineering and Technology Corp. (United States)
Charles P. Cavedoni, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
Timothy C. Chuter, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)

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

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