Mechanical Alignment Error Study of Large Sectionalized Compact Range Reflectors
Authors: C. A. Rose, Thomas W Miller, Dave Smith
Publication: AMTA 1997
Copyright Owner: NSI-MI Technologies
Scientific-Atlanta has recently begun work on a large 55 ft.(W) x 45 ft.(H) compact range reflector. The reflector is a Model 5738 with a 45 ft. focal length and a 38 ft. diameter by 38 ft. long cylindrical quiet zone. Due to the large size of the reflector, it is necessary to form the surface as several large, independent sections and assemble and align the reflector at the installation site. The 5738 reflector is shown in Figure 1 with the 38 ft. quiet zone superimposed.
The independent and predictable behavior of large sections proves to be very beneficial for performing an electrical alignment of the reflector based on field probe phase data. This paper discusses the required alignment tolerances and analytic tools developed to predict the effects on quite zone performance due to alignment errors in the sections of the reflector.