Modern Inertial Technology

Part of the series Mechanical Engineering Series pp 131-151

The Dynamically Tuned Gyroscope

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In the 1940s engineers in Scotland designed a gyro that used a spinning flywheel on a universal (Hooke’s) joint (Figure 9.1). The gyro was surprisingly unstable, and Arnold and Maunder at the University of Edinburgh showed that the dynamic inertia effects of the gimbal in the universal joint were responsible.