CFRP lightweight structures for extremely large telescopes

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2008

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Telescope structures are traditionally built out of steel. To improve the possibility of realizing the ambitious extremely large telescopes, materials with a higher specific stiffness and a lower coefficient of thermal expansion are needed. An important possibility is Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). The advantages of using CFRP for the secondary mirror support structure of the European overwhelmingly large telescope are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComposite Structures
Publication date2008
Volume82
Issue2
Pages310-316
ISSN0263-8223
DOIs
StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 3

Keywords

  • CFRP, OWL, high stiffness, XLT
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