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Subject: Re: Mini Lehman Damping
From: John Lahr johnjan@........
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 18:53:38 -0700
Keep in mind that the damping/overshoot measurement is made directly on the
mass, not by reading the pen motion. The pen motion is based on the
the coil within a magnetic field and is further modified by your
At 11:24 AM 6/11/2008, you wrote:
>In a message dated 2008/06/11, jamesridout@.............. writes:
>>And as far as I can see The ideal amount is 0.7 - 0.8 and that
>>means that if I walk up to the seismograph and the pen deflects
>>10mm, then the pen should return 0.5mm in the opposite direction
>>then back to zero. Is it me, or does this seem like too much.
> I draw a thin black line on a sticky label and mount it
> vertical on the end of the mass.
> Over the top of this, separated by maybe 1/16", I mount a
> clear plastic ruler.
> I use a x2.5 mounted magnifying glass to view the ruler and
> the vertical line.
> I move the ruler so that the line is on a cm ruler mark.
> I use a rod or ruler as a lever resting on the baseplate to
> slowly move the mass 10 mm to one side.
> I remove the lever and watch what happens to the mass line.
> It should go past the rest postion by ~0.5 mm and then
> return to the rest postion.
> The magnifying glass makes this fairly easy to observe.
> Chris Chapman
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