27 July 2016 A survey of enclosure suspension and rotation systems for 3-15m telescopes
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The suspension and rotation systems (typically called bogies) for Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) enclosures will carry structures that are 2-3 times greater in diameter and much heavier than enclosures for the previous generation of 6-10m telescopes. Via on-site visits and/or engineering documentation, we have surveyed eleven optical, infrared, and submillimeter 3-15m telescope enclosures, and report on key design features of the suspension and rotation systems, including wheel and track geometry, the wheel/track interface, average load per wheel, rotation drive method, etc. We discuss key considerations for the development of future suspension and rotation systems for ELT enclosures.
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Bruce C. Bigelow, Bruce C. Bigelow, Nathan P. Loewen, Nathan P. Loewen, Emile van Vuuren, Emile van Vuuren, William S. Burgett, William S. Burgett, "A survey of enclosure suspension and rotation systems for 3-15m telescopes", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99060E (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231530; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231530


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