Centrifugal Force
Copy Right By
G.k.Glatz
Another example of this force is in the case of
the old front loading washer. If the bulk of the
close were on one side of the drum during the
spin cycle, their wet mass was enough to lift
the washer of the ground. To counter act this
the manufacture installed a large iron counter
weight on top of the inside stationary drum.
You could not see this because of the outer
housing, and all to often the weight was not
enough and the washer still shook and jumped
around. So they bolted them down where the
installation allows them too.

The governor used on steam engines used this
principle to control the speed of the train. At
the fair you may have rode on a ride that used
Cf, where you stood inside a wheel with your
back against the walled edge and when the
wheel was turning and raised up you did not
fall out. Roller Coasters are another example, a
centrifuge is used in laboratories to separate
heavy particles in solutions, etc.

This off balanced CF having the ability to effect
movement in the direction of the off balance at
any one point, is what many people have
noticed, and gave them the idea of using it as a
force of propulsion. The scenario being that if
this force could be generated only at one point
or over a small part of the circumference, then
the device would have to move in that
direction. To do this required increasing the
force only at one point of the cycle, where it
was greater at that point then any where else
in the cycle, in affect creating a Unidirectional
Centrifugal Force. ( UCF ) Good idea but how
do you do this? ( See the next part of this
article.)
As the formula shows if the velocity increases
CF increases, and can become great enough to
break the tether allowing the mass to fly off in
a straight line.

If the mass is evenly distributed around the full
360 degrees of the circle the CF is applied
equally around the circumference. Such as the
rim of a wheel, and the wheel is said to be in
balance. If there is a area on the rim that has
more mass, that area will generate more CF
then a like area else where on the wheel. This
causes the wheel to wobble on its axes,
because the wheel is out of balance, and the
faster the wheel rotates the more it will
wobble. That is unless the axle is held rigidly in
place with enough force to prevent the off set
by CF.

If the wheel is on a car rolling along the road
the faster the wheel turns the more CF will be
generated. Every time that heavier area (spot )
travels over the top of the wheel, it will try to
pull the wheel up ward. It will cause the
wheels contact with the road to be come less.
If the wheel turns fast enough the force can
become strong enough to lift the wheel
momentarily of the ground. Now that spots
higher CF is applied all around the wheel, and
on the back side retards the forward motion of
the car. When it is on the front side it increases
the forward motion of the car. This can and
has caused the driver to loose control,
especially when the road is wet or icy. A spot
equal to one ounce can cause a force high
enough at 55 mph depending on the weight of
the vehicle to lift the wheel off the ground.
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