I am trying to detemine the moment of interia of an object, not too accurately.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I have the object mounted in bearings, and on the shaft of the object I have a ring (radius of 2.5in) which I have a filament wrapped around which drops to a weight of 5lbs (mass of .1554 slug). I can release the weight and time the travel over a known distance (approx 24in in 5sec, an acceleration 'a' of 9.6in/sec^2). Angular acceration is 'a'/'r' or 3.84rad/sec^2. I have determined the tension in the filament to be 4.88lbf by F=ma, m=.1554slug * (subtracting 'a'(conv. to ft/sec^2) from g(ft/sec^2)). The torque would then be 4.88lbf * 2.5in or 12.2in.lbf.

My problem has come down to the math. I have seen moment of inertia defined in bothlb.in^2andin.lb.sec^2. I cannot seem to figure out how torque (in.lbf) / angular acceleration (rad/sec^2) can be conveyed to MOI of either version, the units don't seem to cancel out right.

Any input would be greatly appreciated, until then I will have fun putting a sharp stick in my eye.

John

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# The math of a 'moment of inertia' in application

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