The Dynamically Tuned Gyroscope

  • Anthony Lawrence
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Lawrence
    • 1
  1. 1.LunenbergUSA

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