Optical System

The aim of this project project was to find the actual limitations of an optical system and to determine necessary design changes of the system’s components in order to meet the proposed new acceleration levels.

The goal of the design changes was to increase the accelerations by a factor of 3 and reduce the weight by 1/3. To achieve this goal a combined strategy of analytical calculations and finite element models was used to investigate the overall behaviour of the system as well as to ensure the safety of several bolted connections.

Optical System FEA
Optical System Simulation
A combination of an increase in stiffness due to changes in the cross-section areas in combination with material substitutions using modern light-weight materials with high strength opened the way to achieve this challenging goal. The usage of various materials is depicted on the right hand side (different colours indicate different materials).

Measurements of the actual accelerations and strains on the optical system using a shaker test verified the calculations and yielded insight into the damping characteristics of the system.

In conclusion, the critical areas of the system were identified and design changes, especially of the cant housing, were proposed and evaluated. A conclusive test on the modified system verified the design changes. The proposed goals of increasing the accelerations by a factor of 3 and reducing the weight by 33% could be achieved successfully.
Photo Optical System


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Dr. Wolfgang Krach

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