Determination of Gyroscopic Drifts Associated With Angular Support Motions

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R. A. Wenglarz

Bellcomm Inc., Washington, D.C.

J. Appl. Mech 37(2), 279-286 (Jun 01, 1970) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3408502 History: Received May 27, 1969; Revised October 14, 1969; Online April 06, 2010


A previously proposed systematic approach for the analysis of gyroscopic drifts associated with angular support motions is further developed. For a wide range of support motions, the problem of determination of drifts is reduced to the evaluation of four integrals. The validity of the theory is tested by applying it to a gyroscope experiencing a constant rate about a fixed line and comparing the resulting predictions with those of digital computer solutions of the exact differential equations of motion, and formulas relating steady drifts to system parameters are presented.

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