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The Deflection Curve for a Centrifugally Loaded Tape Traversing an Annular Cap


Nelson, Richard Keith (1958) The Deflection Curve for a Centrifugally Loaded Tape Traversing an Annular Cap. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/A39F-7R35.


This paper is an analysis of the deflection curve formed by a centrifugally loaded tape which traverses an annular gap. The derived differential equation which describes the system is non-linear but possesses an exact closed form solution in terms of elliptic integrals. A simplified solution of the approximate linearized differential equation is also obtained. The theoretically obtained results were checked by obtaining an actual trace of a curve on a model which represented the problem as stated. The theoretical and experimental results agreed within the limits of accuracy imposed by the apparatus used. Several different cases are discussed which indicate the effect of the significant parameters.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:(Mechanical Engineering)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Caughey, Thomas Kirk
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1958
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-01122006-141840
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ID Code:140
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Deposited On:12 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Oct 2023 22:47

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