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Modeling the dynamically tuned gyroscope in support of high-bandwidth capture loop design
Author(s): David May
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Paper Abstract

The 'dynamic tuning' of a dynamically tuned gyroscope (DTG) refers to a clever gimbal configuration that balances the torques from the support flexures with dynamic spring torques created by gimbal 'flutter' while the gyro rotor spins. This configuration allows the gyro rotor to spin to a 'free' rotor in two axes. The dynamics of a free rotor are widely known and easily summarized in the right-hand rule for gyro precession and a simple second order system equation with a natural frequency, known as the nutation frequency, as a function of the angular momentum and transverse inertia. Not much more is needed for design of capture loops for the DTG, as long as the bandwidth of the capture loop does not approach the nutation frequency of the gyro. However, the complete dynamical equations of motion of the DTG include other parameters such as windage, mistuning and friction torques that must be considered when designing capture loops with higher than nominal bandwidths. These equations, which are well known and widely published, are discussed in regard to capture loop design. The application of active nutation damping in the capture loop compensation is outlined. Typically results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3692, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII, (15 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352852
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David May, Raytheon Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3692:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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