Metal finishing challenges in the fabrication of radio telescopes

Rajagopal, Indira and Lakshminarayan, V and Rajam, KS and Rajagopalan, SR (1986) Metal finishing challenges in the fabrication of radio telescopes. Indian Journal of Technology, 24 (7). pp. 440-446.

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The Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India, has set up two radio telescopes (10. 4 m and 1. 5 m) for millimeter wave radio astronomy. Fabrication of these telescopes posed several challenges in metal finishing. Developing a coating for improving the wear resistance of the cutter used for dry machining of aluminium honeycomb, electroforming of corrugated horn with integral flange and circular-to-rectangular transition piece, and copper plating the 1. 5m FRP dish are some of the interesting problems that arose during the fabrication. The solutions developed for these problems are described.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aluminum and alloys-Finishing;Copper plating;Electroforming;Metal finishing-Applications;Aluminum honeycomb;Corrugated horn;Diffuse reflectance;Radio telescopes
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 24 May 2010 04:08

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