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Pendulum air movement: A failed experiment

Robert James Matthys

in Accurate Clock Pendulums

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198529712
eISBN:
9780191712791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529712.003.0028
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

A previous experiment showed that the walls of a pendulum clock case can slow down the pendulum via air drag by about 1 second per day. The pendulum has a 2-second period. This chapter describes an ... More


Bob shape

Robert James Matthys

in Accurate Clock Pendulums

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198529712
eISBN:
9780191712791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529712.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The sphere and the vertically oriented cylinder are more repeatable and predictable bob shapes than the more efficient, lower-drag prolate spheroid and football shapes. As a bob shape, prolate ... More


Effect of the pendulum rod on Q

Robert James Matthys

in Accurate Clock Pendulums

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198529712
eISBN:
9780191712791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529712.003.0026
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

A pendulum rod's air drag has a significant effect on the pendulum's Q. Many years ago, an experiment was carried out to determine the effect of bob shape on a pendulum's Q. The results showed that a ... More


Accurate Clock Pendulums

Robert J. Matthys

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198529712
eISBN:
9780191712791
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529712.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

The Shortt clock, made in the 1920s, is the most famous accurate clock pendulum ever known, having an accuracy of one second per year when kept at nearly constant temperature. Almost all of a ... More


Variations on a Riefler bob shape

Robert James Matthys

in Accurate Clock Pendulums

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198529712
eISBN:
9780191712791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529712.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Riefler's bob shape consists of two truncated cones, back-to-back. It is a shape with low air drag, and works well inside the clock case, where front-to-back space is frequently limited. A 1988 study ... More


Pendulum air movement: A second try

Robert James Matthys

in Accurate Clock Pendulums

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198529712
eISBN:
9780191712791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529712.003.0029
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Air drag is the biggest energy loss in a pendulum. The bob generates most of the air drag because of its large size and its location at the end of the pendulum rod. In this chapter, the movement of ... More


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