The Rotating Beam Gyroscope

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C. H. J. Fox

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nottingham University, Nottingham NG7 2RD, England

J. S. Burdess

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, England

J. Appl. Mech 47(3), 631-637 (Sep 01, 1980) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3153745 History: Received October 01, 1979; Revised February 01, 1980; Online July 21, 2009


This paper investigates the dynamics of a novel “multisensor” comprising a two-axis gyroscope and a single-axis linear accelerometer. The theoretical analysis indicates that the gyroscope has two modes of operation, untuned and tuned, offering, respectively, angular rate and angular displacement measurement capability, depending on the damping and mistuning present. In addition to the sensing of two-axis angular motion, the instrument is capable of measuring linear acceleration along a third axis. Experimental tests on a prototype instrument show generally good agreement with the theory giving confidence of the development potential of the instrument.

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