Modeling of a Gyroscope

Model ID: 15007


This model illustrates the working of a gyroscope used to measure or maintain an orientation. Its operation is based on on the principles of conservation of angular momentum.

In this model, all the components are modeled as rigid bodies. Hinge joints are used to establish a connection between different parts.

The orientation of the spinning disc is analyzed for a certain rotational speed of the disc. The model demonstrates that there are unbalanced forces on the spinning disc which try to change its orientation. These forces can be balanced by giving high angular momentum to the disc and hence keeping the orientation undisturbed.