Physics of Artificial GravityThis chapter discusses potential technologies for achieving artificial gravity in a space vehicle. We begin with a series of definitions and a general description of the rotational dynamics behind the forces ultimately exerted on the human body during centrifugation, such as gravity level, gravity gradient, and Coriolis force. Human factors considerations and comfort limits associated with a rotating environment are then discussed. Finally, engineering options for designing space vehicles with artificial gravity are presented.
Bukley, Angie (Ohio Univ. Athens, OH, United States)
Paloski, William (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Clement, Gilles (Ohio Univ. Athens, OH, United States)