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Thermoelastic Damping in Flexural-Mode Ring Gyroscopes

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Zhili Hao, Farrokh Ayazi

Georgia Institute of Technology

Paper No. IMECE2005-79965, pp. 335-343; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Microelectromechanical Systems
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Microelectromechanical Systems Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4224-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper provides a comprehensive derivation for thermoelastic damping (TED) in flexural-mode ring gyroscopes, in light of recent efforts to design high rate-resolution gyroscopes. Imposing an upper limit on the attainable mechanical noise floor of a vibratory gyroscope, thermoelastic damping in a ring gyroscope is extracted from the equations of linear thermoelasticity. By assuming that it is small and therefore has negligible effect on the flexural-mode vibrations in a ring, thermoelastic damping manifests itself through temporal attenuation, where a complex frequency is used to quantitatively evaluate this damping. The exact solution to thermoelastic damping is derived and verified with experimental data in the literature. This work not only provides significant insight to the geometrical design in high-Q ring gyroscopes, but also defines their performance limit.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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