Abstract This note reviews previous analyses by the author of the damping produced by the anelasticity of a simple flexure element that is loaded in tension by an extended object such as a beam balance. The correct calculation of the anelasticity of a simple flexure appeared in an appendix in Quinn et al (1995)[#Quinn_et_al_1995] where the change in the gravitational potential energy due to the shortening of the flexure was calculated enabling expressions for the elastic energy and its associated losses to be derived. Publications prior to this paper did not include this lossless term which led to incorrect predictions of the anelastic losses in flexure pivots in Quinn et al (1987) [#phil_mag_anelasticity]. In this current paper the derivation of the result is given in such a way that it can be easily contrasted with the expressions in these earlier papers. I also extend the methodology to calculate the elastic and gravitational energy associated with the motion of a suspended object whose dimensions are significantly smaller than the length of the flexure.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Jan 2018|
- PACS: 07:10.Lw Balance Systems, 62.20.D Elasticity, 04.80.Nn Gravitational Wave detectors
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)