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Measurement of Mass Using Angular Simple Harmonic Motion

Abstract: 

A device for measuring the masses of objects in any gravity environment, including microgravity or zero gravity. Objects are placed on a platform having a torque restoring means. The platform is rotated from an equilibrium position and released, such that it undergoes angular simple harmonic motion. The device measures the period of oscillation which is used to calculate the mass of the object on the platform.

Patent Number: 
5,442,960
Date Of Issue: 
08/22/1995
Inventors: 

Ruell F. Solberg, Jr.