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Slit Diaphragm Flexure

United States Patent Application

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A gimbal is disclosed having a base with a bottom and a support structure extending up from the bottom. Two or more mounts connected to the base and a stiffener connects to two or more mounts. A slit diaphragm flexure connects to the stiffener around at least an outer circumference of the slit diaphragm flexure and one or more adjustors are provided to move the flexure. The stiffener may be two separate elements which releasably connect and secure the outer area of the flexure there between. The adjustors are configured to move upward or downward and contact the slit diaphragm flexure to thereby move the slit diaphragm flexure in response to movement of the adjustor. The flexure includes two or more slits that allow movement of a center area relative to an outer ring. The slit includes relieved areas that provide stress relief and increase orthogonal of movement.
Kaufman, Morris (Los Alamos, NM), Cox, Brian (Los Alamos, NM)
National Security Technologies, LLC (Las Vegas NV)
13/ 968,418
August 15, 2013
1. STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25946 and was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration. The government has certain rights in the invention.