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Title: Manipulator for rotating and examining small spheres

Abstract

A manipulator which provides fast, accurate rotational positioning of a small sphere, such as an inertial confinement fusion target, which allows inspecting of the entire surface of the sphere. The sphere is held between two flat, flexible tips which move equal amounts in opposite directions. This provides rolling of the ball about two orthogonal axes without any overall translation. The manipulator may be controlled, for example, by an x- and y-axis driven controlled by a mini-computer which can be programmed to generate any desired scan pattern.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Livermore, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
863497
Patent Number(s):
4,188,118
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) LLNL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; manipulator; rotating; examining; spheres; provides; fast; accurate; rotational; positioning; sphere; inertial; confinement; fusion; target; allows; inspecting; entire; surface; held; flat; flexible; tips; move; equal; amounts; opposite; directions; rolling; ball; orthogonal; axes; overall; translation; controlled; example; x-; y-axis; driven; mini-computer; programmed; generate; desired; scan; pattern; confinement fusion; opposite direction; inertial confinement; opposite directions; entire surface; fusion target; equal amounts; rotational position; provides fast; MANIPULATORS; DESIGN; COMPUTERIZED CONTROL SYSTEMS; TARGETS; CONTROL SYSTEMS; EQUIPMENT; LABORATORY EQUIPMENT; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; ON-LINE CONTROL SYSTEMS; ON-LINE SYSTEMS; PLASMA CONFINEMENT; REMOTE HANDLING EQUIPMENT; /356/250/

Citation Formats

Weinstein, Berthold W., and Willenborg, David L. Manipulator for rotating and examining small spheres. United States: N. p., 1980. Web.
Weinstein, Berthold W., & Willenborg, David L. Manipulator for rotating and examining small spheres. United States.
Weinstein, Berthold W., and Willenborg, David L. Tue . "Manipulator for rotating and examining small spheres". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863497.
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title = {Manipulator for rotating and examining small spheres},
author = {Weinstein, Berthold W. and Willenborg, David L.},
abstractNote = {A manipulator which provides fast, accurate rotational positioning of a small sphere, such as an inertial confinement fusion target, which allows inspecting of the entire surface of the sphere. The sphere is held between two flat, flexible tips which move equal amounts in opposite directions. This provides rolling of the ball about two orthogonal axes without any overall translation. The manipulator may be controlled, for example, by an x- and y-axis driven controlled by a mini-computer which can be programmed to generate any desired scan pattern.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {2}
}

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