High performance rotational vibration isolator

Andrew Sunderland, David Blair, Li Ju, Howard Golden, F. Torres, X. Chen, R. Lockwood, P. Wolfgram

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    We present a new rotational vibration isolator with an extremely low resonant frequency of 0.055 ± 0.002 Hz. The isolator consists of two concentric spheres separated by a layer of water and joined by very soft silicone springs. The isolator reduces rotation noise at all frequencies above its resonance which is very important for airborne mineral detection. We show that more than 40 dB of isolation is achieved in a helicopter survey for rotations at frequencies between 2 Hz and 20 Hz. Issues affecting performance such as translation to rotation coupling and temperature are discussed. The isolator contains almost no metal, making it particularly suitable for electromagnetic sensors. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105111-1 - 105111-6
    JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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