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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Fri May 15, 2009 5:20 am

I came across this site and thought i'd share. If you don't have a chrony and don't want to spend 90 bucks on one, maybe you have a PC or laptop laying around...oh wait, you must! Get a long cord to the microphone if you need to. Run it through your bedroom window or whatever. I myself will probably try this with my laptop.

http://arxiv.org/ftp/physics/papers/0601/0601102.pdf
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri May 15, 2009 5:31 am

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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Fri May 15, 2009 12:52 pm

cough cough

cough cough cough

The MIC method is simple but it really isn't the best. Too much uncertainty in exactly which peaks are which. In addition, the speed of sound (SOS) isn't a constant. Over the normal temperature range that a chrono might be used the SOS changes by ~5%. Phototransitors (or photodiodes) work much better and eliminate the dependence on the SOS.

The only real advantage of a MIC based method is that the line of flight of the projectile doesn't have to be aligned with the detector(s). However, if you mount the chrono detectors directly onto the gun's barrel then the alignment problem of an optical detector goes away. Image
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Unread postAuthor: covey12 » Fri May 15, 2009 1:09 pm

i like the poormans chrono with the coke can, it only works for bbs though
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Fri May 15, 2009 7:22 pm

Yep, its been done. The signal is very messy, and there is more calculation involved. You can see mine on my site, under data acqusition. Under coilgun/shots, there is a calculator that makes it easy. Just put distance of two peaks, and the detector spacing.
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