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Asked by: Pat Wickline
Subject: Large Gyro Saftey
Question: Hi,
I know some people building a very large gyro. It has two spinning rings, a 9 ft. diameter ring with an 8 ft. diameter ring inside it. They are made of 6 inch schedule 40 steel tubing, so very heavy. They will both spin at 300 rpms. This is an art project that will be displayed in a public place. I'm looking for an engineering professional that can help advise them on the safety issues.

Thanks,
Pat
Date: 8 September 2003
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Answer: paul Tambala - 19/09/2003 03:49:36
 If i read you correctly the rings wull spin at 300 revs per minute.

First let me tell you you have a beatuiful lethal weapon at your disposal.

The main safety isssues will be these.
1)ensure all load baring members are within safety standard guidelines

2) ensure public access to device is peoperly restricted.

3)Emply failsafe mechanisims should the structure fail.

You can employ freelance safety inspectors who for 50 quid will give you a rundown of the requirements, your local firebrigade will do it for free.

If you need any calculations or other advice, email me, art is cool...


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