MIT Lincoln Laboratory
This report evaluates adhesive bonding techniques used to mount an optic intended for spaceflight application. Based on launch and operational environments, finite elements analysis and information gathered from previous programs, three variables were identified. Eight test samples were designed, fabricated and then tested for the effect that extreme temperatures have on the adhesive joint between the optic and mount. Results revealed that the adhesive's tensile strength was not affected by thermal stresses; however, stability results were inconclusive.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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