From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2018
The Advanced Mirror Technology Development (AMTD) project is in Phase 2 of a multiyear effort initiated in Fiscal Year 2012 to mature toward the next technology readiness level critical technologies required to enable 4-m-or-larger monolithic or segmented ultraviolet, optical, and infrared (UVOIR) space telescope primarymirror assemblies for general astrophysics and ultra-high-contrast observations of exoplanets. As part of AMTD II, a free-free modal test was performed of a light weighted slumped 1.5 m mirror made of Corning Ultra Low Expansion (ULE®) material. The test article and support structure were suspended via bungee to simulate a free-free environment. Modes were excited by roaming an instrumented modal test hammer and responses were measured. Predicted and measured frequencies are presented as well as Modal Assurance Criteria (MAC) results to compare the mode shapes. The finite element mirror model used for pre-test predictions and posttest comparisons was provided by the mirror vendor, Harris Corporation. The mirror FEM included deformations of the ribs that were a result of the slumping process. Modal test frequencies matched predictions within the 5% target with the exception of one mode and that pair differed by 5.2%. Of the seven modes measured and predicted, four had MAC values meeting the target of ≥ 0.90, one was just under and two were notably below the target.
J. Brent Knight, H. Philip Stahl, Frank Tsai, Adam Burt, Andy Singleton, Ron Hunt, Rusty Parks, Alex McCool IV, and Brendan Sontag, "Advanced mirror technology development (AMTD) II modal test of a 1.5-m ultra-low expansion slumped mirror," Proc. SPIE 10742, Optical Manufacturing and Testing XII, 1074203 (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 20, 2018; Published: 14 September 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2320334.
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