6 March 2001 C/SiC high-precision lightweight components for optomechanical applications
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Proceedings Volume 4198, Optomechanical Engineering 2000; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417348
Event: Intelligent Systems and Smart Manufacturing, 2000, Boston, MA, United States
We contend that carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide material (C/SiC), developed by IABG, represents the state- of-the-art for ultra-lightweight, high precision optomechanical structures that must operate in adverse environments and over wide ranges of temperature. C/SiC employs conventional NC machining/milling equipment to rapidly fabricate near-net shape parts, providing substantial schedule, cost, and risk savings for high precision components. Unlike power based SiC ceramics, C/SiC does not experience significant shrinkage during processing, nor does it suffer from incomplete densification. By modifying certain process steps, the thermal and mechanical properties of C/SiC are tunable in certain ranges. This paper focuses on recent advances in C/SiC technology and application of this technology to high precision, lightweight applications such as meter-class optics and optical mounts. We also introduce a design for new, high precision mounts based upon standard optical grade C/SiC (formulation A-3) and a custom formulation of C/SiC (D-4) which was engineered for Schafer Corporation by IABG. The A- 3 and D-4 formulations have a near-perfect CTE match with silicon, making them the ideal material to athermally support ultra-lightweight silicon optics that will operate in a cryogenic environment.
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Claus E. Mueller, Claus E. Mueller, Ulrich Papenburg, Ulrich Papenburg, William A. Goodman, William A. Goodman, Marc T. Jacoby, Marc T. Jacoby, } "C/SiC high-precision lightweight components for optomechanical applications", Proc. SPIE 4198, Optomechanical Engineering 2000, (6 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417348; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417348

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