Design for thermo-mechanical stability

Fysics Materials Mechanics
Mikroniek 2010-5 by Ronald Lamers 8 April 2012

In precision systems, thermal effects have a large influence on system performance, regarding accuracy and throughput, especially under extreme conditions (for example, vacuum or cryogenic). Therefore, it is crucial to give this aspect sufficient attention in the design phase. This article focuses on the control of thermal behaviour of precision systems. Topics include the proper choice of materials, design principles, passive or active temperature conditioning and the compensation of thermal deformations.


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