The Study on Motion of a Rigid Body Carrying a Rotating Mass
Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics
The free motion of a rigid body carrying a rotating mass without change of the centroid (this system may be called one-rotor gyrostat) is discussed. Equations of motion are derived: first integrals as a vectorial equation which contained the right vector of an angular velocity of the given rotor with respect to the carrier body and the turn-tensor of this body; a scalar relation between rotation angle of the given rotor with respect to the carrier body and the angular velocity of the carrier
... y of the carrier body. Only two of these parameters are independent variables. To get equations and to exclude the singular points in the solutions, it is necessary to determine the turn-tensor of the carrier body in the most suitable form. To this end the representation theorem of the turn-tensor and some additional arguments are used. As a final result, we enabled to get two complicated differential equations of the first order. In particular case, the exact solution is represented. Excluding the singular points numerical solutions are determined.