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Gyros and stabilization

  1. Dec 23, 2014 #1
    Hello there. I was interested to know that how a tiny gryo stabilizes a massive gun turret of a tank and how it stablilizes a 12.7 MM gun mounted on a tank or an APC? Its fine that gyro senses the change in orientation, but how does it maintain the orientation of a heavy gun like 12.7 mm?
     
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  3. Dec 23, 2014 #2

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    Presumably it hooks in electronically to the fire control system.
     
  4. Dec 24, 2014 #3
    Exactly. Can you guide me to a link where I can have the relevant stuff?
     
  5. Dec 24, 2014 #4

    phinds

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    No, I was just throwing out a guess because your apparent incredulity seemed misplaced.
     
  6. Dec 24, 2014 #5

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    If you didn't get the depot manuals with the ordnance, that's the breaks.
     
  7. Dec 24, 2014 #6
    Well I am a student and want to do a project on this topic.
     
  8. Dec 24, 2014 #7

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    Hit the library and work on "control theory."
     
  9. Dec 24, 2014 #8
    It may be useful searching for information on quadcopter camera stabilisation. The concept is similar and with the recent surge in popularity it may be easier finding information.
     
  10. Dec 24, 2014 #9

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    It's probably a sensor in a control system, but don't underestimate the force of a fast spinning gyro. Ships have been roll-stabilized directly with gyros. It might be able to stabilize a gun all by itself. Do a quick estimate first.
     
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  11. Dec 24, 2014 #10

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    Maybe the gyro forces are not used directly. Can you propose a method of using the gyro position and other actuators to stabilize this system? It's your schoolwork after all.... :-)
     
  12. Jan 2, 2015 #11
    the other place to look for the tech is hand held stabilized cameras. the gyro is like a reference so the equipment knows which way to move to compensate for deviation.in the case of turrets the guns are moved by the same kind of equipment as would a non gyro stabilized turret the difference is in the control system.
     
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  13. Jan 4, 2015 #12
    Well the gyro helps the balance, but im guessing there would be some large metal plates sitting on the gyro that support the heavy artillery
     
  14. Jan 4, 2015 #13
    in the case of tanks the gyro is a reference of level and plumb which the control system uses to compensate the position of the gun in reference to the tank and the gyro which keeps the gun pointed in the direction and at the elevation the crew/fire control has input.its not instantaneous if you hit a bump at just the last second you'll still miss.
     
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