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Enclosure design for Thirty Meter Telescope
Author(s): N. Loewen; C. Breckenridge; A. Vasiljevic
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Paper Abstract

The design of the calotte enclosure for the Thirty-Meter Telescope is currently in the preliminary design phase. Key aspects of the design include an efficient structural/mechanical form, repetition of components, modular construction, and operational efficiency. This paper includes an overall description of the enclosure design, as well as a description of the major structural and mechanical subsystems. The enclosure incorporates features that influence the thermal and aerodynamic environment of the telescope including ventilation openings and wind deflecting features. Other key considerations of the preliminary design include the constructability and maintainability of a dynamic structure of this scale at a remote mountain site.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 70121D (10 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787689
Show Author Affiliations
N. Loewen, Empire Dynamic Structures, Ltd. (Canada)
C. Breckenridge, Empire Dynamic Structures, Ltd. (Canada)
A. Vasiljevic, Association of Canadian Univs. for Research in Astronomy (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7012:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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