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Dynamic behavior of the mercury damperThe dynamic behavior of the mercury nutation damper is investigated. Particular attention is paid to the eccentric annular mercury configuration, which is the final continuous ring phase that occurs in the operation of all mercury dampers. In this phase, damping is poorest, and the system is closely linear. During the investigation, the hydrodynamic problem is treated as three dimensional, and extensive use is made of a variational principle of least-viscous frictional power loss. A variational principle of least-constraint is also used to advantage. Formulas for calculating the behavior of the mercury damper are obtained. Some confirmatory experiments were performed with transparent ring channels on a laboratory gyroscope. Selected movie frames taken during wobble damping are shown along with the results of film measurements.
Document ID
19720005744
Document Type
Other
Authors
Crout, P. D. (MIT China Lake, CA, United States)
Newkirk, H. L. (Naval Weapons Center)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1971
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center 5th Aerospace Mech. Symp.
Subject Category
INSTRUMENTATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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