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Initial test results from a 3-axis vibrating ring gyroscope

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeffrey Neasham, Emeritus Professor James Burdess, Dr Barry Gallacher, Dr Alun Harris



There are several application areas where the simultaneous measurement of rates of rotation about three mutually orthogonal axes is required. In this paper the principle features of a 3-axis vibrating ring gyroscope are described. The fabrication process for the gyroscope is presented and employs standard MEMS techniques. The modal properties for the ring are measured experimentally using laser vibrometry and electrostatic sensing and compared with the design predictions. In operation as a rate gyroscope it is necessary to excite the primary motion of the gyroscope and control is amplitude. As Q-factors of vibratory gyroscope are typically of the order 103-104 slight variations in environmental conditions will perturb the natural frequency of the primary mode significantly. To ensure the primary motion of the gyroscope is maintained with constant amplitude a control scheme employing both frequency tracking and amplitude control is required. An electronic control system using digital signal processing (DSP) has been developed to ensure excitation of the primary motion occurs at resonance with controlled amplitude. The control scheme employs an embedded processor to generate the drive frequency (via a D/A converter) and to monitor the primary vibration (via an A/D converter). Experimental results from the control scheme highlighting its effectiveness over conventional PLL approaches are presented.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Neasham J, Burdess JS, Gallacher BJ, Harris AJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Physics : Conference Series

Year: 2006

Volume: 34

Pages: 662-667

Date deposited: 02/10/2007

ISSN (electronic): 1742-6596

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/34/1/109


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