Now a boomerang is a bit like a gyroscope: it is spinning around and This precession is a good thing for the boomerang: if you throw it in the. Construction of traditional Australian boomerang (for right hand). Instructions how to make traditional boomerang. 1. Take plywood sheet of 12mm thickness. Boomerang is a rotor the blades spinning linear speed of wich is low, if compared it to the translation speed of the whole boomerang. It means that the slow spin.

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Archived from the original on 5 December Its surfaces therefore are symmetrical and not uneven like the aerofoils which give the returning boomerang its characteristic curved flight.

Boomerang as Vector Rotation Example

Therefore the sideways “lift” force is always greater on the top of the spinning structure. Now since the boomerang does not have the ability to change the angle of attack, it does experience a torque – and just as in the gyroscope, this torque causes precession.

The most recognisable type of the boomerang is the L-shaped returning boomerang; while non-returning boomerangs, throwing sticks or shaunies aerodynamixs used as weapons, returning boomerangs have been used primarily for leisure or recreation. Designs are amazingly diverse and can range from animal inspired forms, humorous themes, complex calligraphic and symbolic shapes, to the purely abstract.

Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Both goals can be achieved with a spear thrower kind of extension http: The Book of General Ignorance. A returning boomerang has two or more airfoil wings arranged so that the spinning creates unbalanced aerodynamic forces that curve its path so that it travels in an elliptical path and returns to its point of origin when thrown correctly.


In Noongar languagekylie is a flat curved piece of wood similar in appearance to a boomerang that is thrown when hunting for birds and animals.

Now the key to “flying far” is to slow down the rate of turning so it flies a long way makes a big circle. Take a look at how this site works, and how it has developed its own version of “peer review”.

Aerodynamics of Boomerang. Chapter 3

Now a boomerang is a bit like a gyroscope: Although it is not a requirement that the boomerang be in its traditional shape, it is usually flat. One source asserts that the term entered the language inadapted from an extinct Aboriginal language of New South WalesAustralia, but mentions a variant, wo-mur-rangwhich it dates to The number of “wings” is often more than 2 as more lift is provided by 3 or 4 wings than by 2.

Returning boomerangs consist of two or more arms, or wings, connected at an angle. It is further supposed by some that this was used to frighten flocks or groups of birds into nets that were usually strung up between trees or thrown by hidden hunters. Modern returning boomerangs can be of various shapes or sizes. Thus gyroscopic precession is what makes the boomerang return to the thrower when thrown correctly.

Boomerang – Wikipedia

InGerman astronaut Ulf Merbold performed an experiment aboard Spacelab that established that boomerangs function in zero gravity as they do on Earth. Nowadays, boomerangs are made in a way that their whole flight path is almost planar with a aerdynamics climb during the first half of the trajectory and then a rather constant descent during the second half. I a the guy who said something about tungsten tips for larger moments of inertia. Since it will tend to “fly” in the direction of the airfoil, the precession causes it to fly in a curved path, circling back toward the thrower.


The boomerang throw gives it angular momentum.

A boomerang was used to set a Guinness World Record with a throw of 1, Archived from the original on 30 June Look up boomerang in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Most sport boomerangs typically weigh less than grams 3. Throwing a boomerang with the wrong hand requires a throwing motion that many throwers may find awkward. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Throwing harder means you need to achieve two things: Throwing takes place individually.

A right-handed boomerang is thrown with a counter-clockwise spin causing a counter-clockwise flight as seen from above. World champions were Germany in and Japan in for the first time. You can see a nice demonstration of this in this youtube video Now a boomerang is boomeramg bit like a gyroscope: