Print Email Facebook Twitter Nanometre-accurate form measurement machine for E-ELT M1 segments Title Nanometre-accurate form measurement machine for E-ELT M1 segments Author Bos, A. Henselmans, R. Rosielle, P.C.J.N. Steinbuch, M. Publication year 2015 Abstract To enable important scientific discoveries, ESO has defined a new ground-based telescope: the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The baseline design features a telescope with a 39-m-class primary mirror (M1), making it the largest and most powerful telescope in the world. The M1 consists of 798 hexagonal segments, each about 1.4 m wide, but only 50 mm thick. In the last stages of the manufacturing process of these M1 segments, a nanometre-accurate metrology method is required for the M1 to be within specifications. The segments have to be measured on their whiffle-tree support structures with a nanometre-level uncertainty, with a total budget on form accuracy of 50 nm RMS for any segment assembly. In this paper a measurement machine design is presented based on a non-contact single-point scanning technique, capable of measuring with nanometre accuracy, being universal, fast and with low operational costs, providing suitable metrology for M1 segments. A tactile precision probe is implemented to be able to use the machine in earlier stages of the segment manufacturing process. In particular, this paper describes the design of the air-bearing motion system and the separate metrology system based on a moving Sintered Silicon Carbide tube, a fixed Zerodur metrology frame and an interferometric system for a direct and short metrology loop. Preliminary calculations show nanometre-level measurement uncertainty after calibration. Subject Mechanics, Materials and StructuresOM - Opto-MechatronicsTS - Technical SciencesHigh Tech Systems & MaterialsNanotechnologyIndustrial InnovationGiant telescopesGround-based astronomyLarge Telescope (E-ELT)Measurement machinesNANOMEFOSNon-contactSegment metrologyBearings (machine parts)Machine designSilicon carbideSintered carbidesSinteringUnits of measurementUncertainty analysis To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:c29d6a93-9232-491e-bfe7-c6e38fe88afa TNO identifier 523207 Publisher Elsevier, Amsterdam ISSN 0141-6359 Source Precision Engineering, 40, 14-25 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.