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GYROSCOPIC stability?

  1. Aug 12, 2008 #1
    GYROSCOPIC stability???

    So I'm reading about gyroscopes and how they can be used for stabilization of boats, yachts,etc. Most of these devices have a spin axis, and one or two gimbal axis. Im slowly understanding how the angular momentum of a flywheel and the precession create a counter "moment".

    However, Im aware that a rotating wheel resists movement of its spin axis(it wants to maintain its orientation). Would it be possible to stabilize a boat with just a high speed wheel spinning along its beam, WITHOUT the extra gimbals.
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