A Step Backward

“Additional Torque and Induced Precession

This is very interesting, and a well drawn diagram. The gyro theory can be simplified to its essence and another torque imposed in the lab frame. This is exactly what I did in field applied molecular dynamics computer simulation, first with a static electric field to get the first simulation of the Langevin function (J. Chem. Phys. early eighties in the Omnia Opera), then electromagnetic fields at IBM Kingston, Cornell Theory Center and University of Zuerich / ETH. The Evans Pelkie animation on youtube shows that the external torque produces a precession. The first task is to simplify the theory of the spinning top to its essence, then apply a lab frame torque to see if it results in a lifiting force.”

You won’t know this Ron, being extraordinarily ignorant of gyroscopy, but Siemens Stain’s two diagrams depict (left) the device which is popularly known as a ‘gyroscope’ but which is just a spinning-top in a frame (a true gyroscope has two gimbals). The other, supposedly new, device (right)  is just a traditional peg-top. It took mankind thousands of years to go from right to left, and now you want to go the other way? The understanding of gyroscopic effects was held back for millennia largely because a peg-top won’t sit nicely atop a little tower and, moreover, wanders about – complicating any mathematical analysis – when placed on a flat surface. By the way, thanks again for displaying your ignorance of physics in a new manner, that everyone can understand.


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