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Understanding how to set up integrals for inertia

  1. Mar 16, 2014 #1
    Hello, and thank you in advanced for this. I am having trouble with setting up most if not all of my integrals when I am trying to find the elements of an inertia tensor. What would I do if i need to find say the tensor for a disk, but i dont know what to take for my three limits to be. i get that for the xy-plane it should be the circular area, but then for the z-axis? my head cant wrap itself around it. Again, please if you could shed me some help i thank you very much for it.
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  3. Mar 17, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    See: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~kovacs/Teaching/Mechanics/tensor_inertia.pdf [Broken]

    Basically you construct the inertia element, then you add up all the lements - this will normally involve integrating over the volume of the object in question. The exact limits depend on the coordinate system and the extent of the object ... just like any volume integral.
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