# Circular Mass Accelerator

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This Demonstration is a simulation of a circular mass accelerator based on the principle of the hula hoop [1].

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Contributed by: Erik Mahieu (August 2013)

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A sled slides with a friction coefficient at angular position inside a ring of radius gyrating with eccentricity .

Gravity is neglected, as it is relatively small. From the equilibrium of centripetal and frictional forces acting on the sled and the geometry of the mechanism, the equation of motion [1, 2] is .

The values for , , and being very small, the equation can be simplified to .

This ODE can now be solved symbolically to give .

This Demonstration only gives a qualitative simulation of a mass accelerator. To see details about a real project (the Slingatron) see [3] and [4].

References

[1] A. O. Belyakov and A. P. Seyranian. "Regular Dynamics of a Hula-Hoop." istina.msu.ru/media/publications/articles/1bf/e6e/458523/Belyakov_A_O.pdf.

[2] D. A. Tidman, *Slingatron—A Mechanical Hypervelocity Mass Accelerator*, Sandy, UT:* *Aardvark Global Publishing, 2007. www.amazon.com/Slingatron-Mechanical-Hypervelocity-Mass-Accelerator/dp/1427626588.

[3] D. A. Tidman and F. D. Witherspoon, "Slingatron—A Mechanical Hypervelocity Sling," presentation given at *Capital Science Conference (CSC 2008)*, Washington, DC. www.washacadsci.org/activities-and-events/capsci-abstracts/capital-science-2008/#tidman.

[4] A. Nowicki. "Slingatron with Magnetic Bearing." (Sept 23, 2006) www.islandone.org/LEOBiblio/SPBI125.HTM.

http://www.washacadsci.org/capsci08/presentations/ASTI-tidman.pdf

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