25 October 2004 Development of an active carbon fiber composite mirror
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The development of high optical quality light weight mirrors would have a great benefit in application areas where mass constraints and imaging performance are important, for example aeroplane or satellite camera systems. Carbon fibre composite (CFC) is a solution for passive and active lightweight mirrors due to its material properties of high strength, low mass and thermal expansion. This paper gives details a programme on the production of an active carbon fibre composite mirror. The design and finite element analysis (FEA) modelled performance parameters are presented along with initial production tests on a 27cm diameter passive test mirror.
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Peter Doel, Sarah Kendrew, David Brooks, Chris Dorn, Chris Yates, Richard Dwan Martin, Ian M. Richardson, Glynn Evans, "Development of an active carbon fiber composite mirror", Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551813; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.551813
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