Date of Award

Spring 1963

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Mertz, R. L.

Second Advisor

Horgan, James D.

Third Advisor

Moeller, Arthur C.


The design of instrument servomechanisms, for utilization in military aircraft, is influenced by several factors. Along with the usual dynamic requirements, size, weight, power consumption and ambient temperature are important considerations. Dynamic response considerations almost always require the inclusion of some particular servo damping mechanism. The damping mechanism has two specific functions : It must alter the dynamic response characteristics to that required by specification, and it must minimize the effects of production variation and time deterioration of components. The non-linearity investigated is an attempt to provide a new method of providing servo loop damping.



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