1 December 1991 Finite element analysis of deformation in large optics due to space environment radiation
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Dose gradients in large mirror substrates due to unequal exposure to the natural space radiation environment have been calculated for two circular orbits: 1200 km altitude/98 deg inclination and 3700 km/30 deg. Dose gradients were translated to density-change profiles based on experimentally determined density changes as a function of dose for fused silica and the low-CTE glass ceramic, Zerodur-M. Finite element analysis of deformation due to the radiation-induced density gradient was performed for a 4 meter by 0.5 cm disk representing a mirror faceplate. Displacements of nearly 2500 micrometers at the outer edge were calculated for a Zerodur faceplate after 10 yr at 3700 km/30 deg. Silica, which is much less sensitive, deformed by only a few angstroms. Reinforcement with a backing having the equivalent stiffness of 5 cm of SiC resulted in a 10-fold decrease in the calculated deformation.
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Celia I. Merzbacher, Celia I. Merzbacher, E. Joseph Friebele, E. Joseph Friebele, Jacqueline A. Ruller, Jacqueline A. Ruller, Peter Matic, Peter Matic, } "Finite element analysis of deformation in large optics due to space environment radiation", Proc. SPIE 1533, Optomechanics and Dimensional Stability, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48858; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.48858


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