Joined: Mar 26, 2007 Posts: 24 Location: Chandler, Az
Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:11 am Post subject: Turn Cooridnator
I have a rather inane question that has popped up at my flight school in the past few days related to the operation of a turn coordinator.
We all know that gyroscopes operate on the principles of rigidity in space and gyroscopic precession, and our gyroscopic instruments make good use of those to indicate some very useful things. The question that has come up is whether the turn coordinator operates on the principle of rigidity, precession, or both?
No one is arguing that it operates on rigidity alone, but neither the 'precession-alone' camp nor the 'both' camp can find sufficient documentation to silence the other. I was hoping someone here would have some good references at their disposal to settle this question, otherwise I will start emailing some manufactures and hope one of them takes pity and replies.
Joined: Jan 12, 2007 Posts: 54 Location: The DEEP south
Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:19 pm Post subject:
In my view, and based on quite a few instrument rating ground traps, its precession that is the major factor in a turn coordinator. As you turn, the gyro precesses against a spring. If the turn continues, the precession continues to cause the gyro to try to topple and the spring keeps that from happening...the force on the spring is where the signal comes from for the indicator. When the turn stops, the spring returns the gyro to its normal orientation and the precession force returns to zero...when theres no tension on the spring, the turn coordination needle returns to centre.
Thats my quick and dirty...haven't referred to my notes...just took a pluck at it. I'll see if I can find the actual notes which might further clarify.
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