Date of Graduation

Fall 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Wieslaw Binienda

First Reader

Dr. Ala Abbas

Second Reader

Dr. David Roke

Abstract

The objective of this project is to suggest that the moment of inertia for irregular shaped objects can easily be determined experimentally. The objects considered in this experiment were a solid wooden block and a model airplane. To ensure that the method and configuration is sufficient a wooden block with known moments of inertia was first tested, and the results from the experiment were compared to the known and accepted values. For this particular experiment, the periods were determined by timing how long 10 oscillations lasted for 10 different trials, and then taking the average of those 10 trials to best account for any outliers and human error. Following the wooden block test, the moment of inertia could then be determined of the model airplane as well as any other object using the same method.