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Assessment of the mechanical errors of a prototype of an optical multilateration system

Abstract : We are developing a multilateration system at a reasonable cost that aims at an accuracy better than 50 μm determined with a consistent metrological approach. In this context, an absolute distance meter, developed in-house, is used as a unique telemetric system to feed the different measurement heads of the multilateration system through a network of optical fibers. The uncertainty contribution for a distance measurement of the telemetric system itself, in a controlled environment, is from 2 μm up to 100 m (k = 1). In this paper, the uncertainty contribution due to mechanical designs of the measurement heads and the target is estimated: the gimbal mechanisms we have designed are presented and their sources of error are identified, experimentally quantified, and minimized. At the end, we demonstrate that the current design of the measurement head does not induce errors higher than 2 μm on the measured distances and the design of the target does not induce errors higher than 9 μm.
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J. Guillory, D. Truong, J.-P. Wallerand. Assessment of the mechanical errors of a prototype of an optical multilateration system. Review of Scientific Instruments, American Institute of Physics, 2020, 91 (2), pp.025004. ⟨10.1063/1.5132933⟩. ⟨hal-03723954⟩



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