Analysis of Clothes Motion in an Orbital Washer

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V. K. Stokes

General Electric Company, Corporate Research and Development, Schenectady, NY 12301

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 107(2), 259-266 (Apr 01, 1985) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269253 History: Received June 12, 1984; Online November 23, 2009


In a new orbital washer, the motion of clothes is exactly opposite to what might be expected in such a machine. A simple analytical model has been developed to explain this apparently anomalous motion. The mechanism of motion and the resulting predictions have been verified through high-speed cinematography and tests on an experimental orbital washer.

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