Abstract

When a floated gyroscope is subjected to a temperature distribution which is not symmetrical about a plane parallel to the gravitational force, convection currents tend to rotate the gimbal. The rebalance torque and the free drift rate due to thermal effects are first determined for the case of an exactly centered gimbal. It is then shown that moderate gimbal eccentricity has little influence on thermal drift, and, in fact, reduces thermal rebalance torque.

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