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Graphite/Epoxy Material Characteristics And Design Techniques For Airborne Instrument Application
Author(s): J. E. Stumm; G. E. Pynchon; G. C. Krumweide
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Paper Abstract

The increasingly stringent performance requirements for airborne sensor systems will eventually exceed the capability of conventional materials and fabrication techniques to provide satisfactory design solutions. This will occur, historically, in the areas of inertial properties, stiffness and dimensional stability. A possible solution for enhancing performance in these areas is the appropriate application of graphite/epoxy composite materials; however, certain principles of application must be observed in its use in order to achieve the optimum result. In this paper, the practical aspects of utilizing graphite/epoxy in an airborne environment are discussed and the incorporation of these principles in practical structures is illustrated with respect to optical mirror substructure, telescope and camera structure, instrument mounting platforms and ultra-lightweight radiometer reflectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 1981
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0309, Airborne Reconnaissance V, (12 December 1981);
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J. E. Stumm, Composite Optics, Incorporated (United States)
G. E. Pynchon, Composite Optics, Incorporated (United States)
G. C. Krumweide, Composite Optics, Incorporated (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0309:
Airborne Reconnaissance V
Robert J. Bannach, Editor(s)

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