2 August 2000 Configuration and structural characteristics of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) dome
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The GTC dome is a rotary, pre-raised, hemispherical structure with an external radius of 17528 mm. The dome design objectives pursued were as follows: (1) To reduce total weight to a minimum in order to diminish thermal inertia and the power required by dome and observation shutter drive mechanisms. (2) To obtain a rigid structure with high eigenfrequencies to reduce noise reaching the telescope. (3) To ensure good internal ventilation; to this end there are 16 ventilation doors and an air chamber inside the dome wall, and heat insulation on the inside surface of the wall.
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Jose Maria Sarasola, Manel Alcantud, "Configuration and structural characteristics of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) dome", Proc. SPIE 4004, Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning, (2 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393955; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.393955

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