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Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education
Bachelor of Science
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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.
Dr. Wieslaw Binienda
Dr. Ala Abbas
Dr. David Roke
Koken, Michael, "The Experimental Determination of the Moment of Inertia of a Model Airplane" (2017). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 585.