This thesis examines the spatial motion of a simple solid body with a gyroscopic stabilizer following a defined path. The body's motion is determined using a simplified spatial computational spatial model. The track was designed to be equivalent to a single swerving maneuver on a roadway and the body's motion was analyzed at a multitude of nodes before and after the addition of a gyroscope. The question was to determine whether the addition of a fixed gyroscope could be used to passively reduce the magnitude of the subsequent spatial motion of a body during a maneuver. The simulation found that the body's motion overwhelmingly dominated that of the gyroscope due to the very large moments of inertia of the body. While gyroscopic effects were seen, the computational model predicts that they will minimally affect the body.
|Advisor:||Stout, David A.|
|Commitee:||Esfandiari, Ramin, Torabzadeh, Jalal|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Engineering, Mechanical engineering|
|Keywords:||Computational, Dynamics, Gyroscopic, Matlab, Simulation, Solid body|
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