On the Annular Damper for a Freely Precessing Gyroscope

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G. F. Carrier

Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

J. W. Miles

University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 27(2), 237-240 (Jun 01, 1960) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3643944 History: Received March 11, 1959; Online September 16, 2011


The dynamics of a damper that has been used to eliminate the free precession of flying, spinning objects are analyzed. There are three regimes in which the details of the mechanisms by which the viscous fluid dissipates the precessional energy differ markedly, and the fluid motion and energy-dissipation rate are described quantitatively for each regime.

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