The university of Tokyo atacama observatory 6.5m telescope: Enclosure design and wind analysis

Masahiro Konishi, Shigeyuki Sako, Takanori Uchida, Ryou Araya, Koui Kim, Yuzuru Yoshii, Mamoru Doi, Kotaro Kohno, Takashi Miyata, Kentaro Motohara, Masuo Tanaka, Takeo Minezaki, Tomoki Morokuma, Yoichi Tamura, Toshihiko Tanabé, Natsuko Kato, Takafumi Kamizuka, Hidenori Takahashi, Tsutomu Aoki, Takao SoyanoKen'ichi Tarusawaf

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We present results on the computational uid dynamics (CFD) numerical simulations as well as the wind tunnel experiments for the observation facilities of the University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory 6.5m Telescope being constructed at the summit of Co. Chajnantor in northern Chile. Main purpose of this study starting with the baseline design reported in 2014 is to analyze topographic effect on the wind behavior, and to evaluate the wind pressure, the air turbulence, and the air change (ventilation) efficiency in the enclosure. The wind velocity is found to be accelerated by a factor of ∼ 1.2 to reach the summit (78 m sec-1 expected at a maximum), and the resulting wind pressure (3,750 N m-2) is used for the framework design of the facilities. The CFD data reveals that the open space below the oor of the facilities works efficiently to drift away the air turbulence near the ground level which could significantly affect the dome seeing. From comparisons of the wind velocity field obtained from the CFD simulation for three configurations of the ventilation windows, we dind that the windows at a level of the telescope secondary mirror have less efficiency of the air change than those at lower levels. Considering the construction and maintenance costs, and operation procedures, we finally decide to allocate 13 windows at a level of the observing oor, 12 at a level of the primary mirror, and 2 at the level of the secondary mirror. The opening area by those windows accounts for about 14% of the total interior surface of the enclosure. Typical air change rate of 20{30 per hour is expected at the wind velocity of 1 m sec-1.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI
EditorsHeather K. Marshall, Helen J. Hall, Roberto Gilmozzi
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601918
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jul 1 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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