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17 September 2007 Design and analysis of a rotationally resistant floor for a telescope enclosure
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Many aspects must be considered in the design of telescope enclosures. One critical aspect is the floor sensitivity to movement. The floor moves due to floor-foundation interaction, floor-wall interaction, soil-floor interaction, and internal enclosure loads. This paper presents the details of the design of an environmental enclosure floor having minimum rotation due internal laboratory equipment loads, which can have a significant effect on the deformation of the floor. Floor analysis is presented by finite element methods. An example of a floor design is presented in the context of a future Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer (NPOI) environmental enclosure.
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Perry G. Wood, F. Ernesto Penado, James H. Clark III, and Joshua P. Walton "Design and analysis of a rotationally resistant floor for a telescope enclosure", Proc. SPIE 6665, New Developments in Optomechanics, 66650J (17 September 2007);


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