Analysis of the gyroscopic stabilization of a system of rigid bodies

Wolfhard Kliem, Alexander P. Seyranian

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    We study the gyroscopic stability of a three-body system. A new method of finding stability regions, based on mechanism and criteria for gyroscopic stabilization, is presented. Of particular interest in this connection is the theory of interaction of eigenvalues. This leads to a complete 3-dimensional analysis, which shows the regions of stability, divergence, and flutter of a simple model of a rotating spaceship.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalZeitschrift fuer Angewandte Mathematik und Physik
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)840-847
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 1997


    • divergence instability
    • flutter instability
    • gyroscopic stabilization
    • interaction of eigenvalues


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