Centrifugal force occurs in the motion of a rigid body on an orbit and is the inertia force, which acts with a direction away from the centre of rotation. The counter force associated with the inertial force is the centripetal force. Both forces are of equal magnitude and opposite in direction. Centrifugal forces occur in all rotating machinery such as turbines and must be controlled to prevent damage to machine elements.
The TM 600 unit can be used to study centrifugal forces under various conditions. The core of the experimental
unit is a rotating arm on a vertical rotation axis. Different masses are attached to the arm. The orbital radius can be set via the position of the mass on the arm. There are three different masses available. The occurring centrifugal force is transferred from the arm to a bending beam. The force-proportional deformation is detected via an electronic measuring system and displayed digitally.
The speed, also displayed digitally, of the controlled drive motor can be continuously adjusted. A transparent protective cover above the rotating arm ensures safety: operation is only possible when the protective cover is properly attached.