4 February 2003 Final design, fabrication, factory integration, and test of a 4.2-meter telescope mount
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Proceedings Volume 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes; (2003); doi: 10.1117/12.456786
Event: Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, 2002, Waikoloa, Hawai'i, United States
VertexRSI completed the 4.2-meter Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope Mount in 2001. The Mount is now in assembly and test at the site in Chile. This paper will discuss the final mechanical design of the Mount and the implementation of the design requirements during fabrication, factory integration and testing. The final design includes detailed finite element structural analysis, 3-D design models, and precise machining requirements. These requirements were implemented in the fabrication using standard and novel machining approaches. Factory integration proved out the design and fabrication process. The connection of these items with the success of the testing is presented.
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David S. Porter, Kerstan G. Hermann, James J. Schuldenberg, "Final design, fabrication, factory integration, and test of a 4.2-meter telescope mount", Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (4 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.456786; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.456786





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