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Subject: Re: Verticals
From: Brett Nordgren brett3nt@.............
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 12:01:39 -0500

Hi Ted,

At 06:59 AM 12/27/2009 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi Folks,  I have downloaded Bob McClure's great program 
>SpringCalc.exe.    I have put in some numbers and see it calculates very 
>long periods under certain conditions, periods of >20.
>My question is can long periods like these really be achieved?

In a word, no.  The problem is that the support spring strength changes 
with temperature, enough to mess up any long-period setup.  A coil-magnet 
sensor would be more tolerant of position drift, but maintaining a stable 
long period will be difficult enough that I believe most would call it 

LaCoste & Romberg use a double oven to very precisely control the spring 
temperature in their gravity meters, and some commercial instruments use 
exotic low temperature coefficient of elasticity alloys for their springs 
to reduce the temperature effects (for other reasons).  But, in my opinion, 
the only way to get a stable long period design will be with feedback.

Though I will freely admit that I am biased on the subject, if anyone can 
demonstrate a successful long natural-period (>=20 second) vertical design 
that doesn't use feedback, I'd very much like to learn how it works.


>I have build several models and some working sensors using this approach, 
>but I have never gotten more than about 3x the springs natural 
>frequency.   A spring of .5 second, just hanging vertically, resulted in a 
>sensor of 1.5 seconds.   I guess the AS1 is another example.   The design 
>of the AS1 is widely used and am I correct that it is operating at about 
>1.5 seconds?   In theory, is this shape, capable >10 seconds?
>I hope to use Bob's program to construct another vertical, but I am 
>confused, about my results.    I know there are methods for extending the 
>period, but here I am just asking about the physical results of 
>using     a spring-supported pendulum constrained to move in a vertical 
>plane.   Perhaps these calculated long periods would only be possible 
>under the best of conditions, where all factors were perfect.    I seem to 
>get a period of  around x3  that of the spring hanging vertical with a 
>mass.    I have tried many different springs and the result were very 
>similar in achieving only x3.
>Thanks, Ted

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