# Moment of Inertia

## Moment of Inertia (Mass Moment of Inertia) depends on the mass of the object, its shape and its relative point of rotation

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Moment of Inertia (Mass Moment of Inertia) - *I* - is a measure of an object's resistance to changes in rotation direction. Moment of Inertia has the same relationship to angular acceleration as mass has to linear acceleration.

For a **point mass** the Moment of Inertia is the mass times the square of perpendicular distance to the rotation reference axis and can be expressed as

I = m r^{2}(1)

where

I= moment of inertia (lb_{m}ft^{2}, kg m^{2})

m= mass (lb_{m}, kg)

r= distance between axis and rotation mass (ft, m)

That point mass relationship are basis for all other moments of inertia since any object can be built up from a collection of point masses.

I = ∑+_{i}m_{i}r_{i}^{2}= m_{1}r_{1}^{2}+ m_{2}r_{2}^{2}.....+ m_{n}r_{n}^{2 }(2)

For rigid bodies with continuous distribution of adjacent particles, the formula is better expressed as an integral

I = ∫ r^{2}dm (2b)

where

dm = mass of an infinitesimally small part of the body

### Convert between Moment of Inertia Units

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kg m^{2} | g cm^{2} | lb_{m} ft^{2} | lb_{m} in^{2} | slug ft^{2} | slug in^{2} | |

kg m^{2} | 1 | 1 10^{7} | 2.37 10^{1} | 3.42 10^{3} | 7.38 10^{-1} | 1.06 10^{2} |

g cm^{2} | 1 10^{-7} | 1 | 2.37 10^{-6} | 3.42 10^{-4} | 7.38 10^{-8} | 1.06 10^{5} |

lb_{m} ft^{2} | 4.21 10^{-2} | 4.21 10^{5} | 1 | 1.44 10^{2} | 3.11 10^{-2} | 4.48 |

lb_{m} in^{2} | 2.93 10^{-4} | 2.93 10^{3} | 6.94 10^{-3} | 1 | 2.16 10^{-4} | 3.11 10^{-2} |

slug ft^{2} | 1.36 | 1.36 10^{7} | 3.22 10^{1} | 4.63 10^{3} | 1 | 1.44 10^{2} |

slug in^{2} | 9.42 10^{-3} | 9.42 10^{4} | 2.23 10^{-1} | 3.22 10^{1} | 6.94 10^{-3} | 1 |

### Moment of Inertia - General Formula

The Inertia formula may be generally expressed as

I = k m r^{2}(5)

where

k =inertial constant - depending on the shape of thebody

### Some Typical Bodies and their Moments of Inertia

#### Inertia of Cylinder

Thin-walled hollow cylinder:

Moments of Inertia for a thin-walled hollow cylinder is comparable with the point mass (1) and can be expressed as:

I = m r^{2}(3a)

where

m = mass of the hollow (lb_{m}, kg)

r = distance between axis and the thin walled hollow (ft, m)

r_{o}= distance between axis and outside hollow (ft, m)

Hollow cylinder:

I = 1/2 m ( r_{i}^{2}+ r_{o}^{2}) (3b)

where

m = mass of hollow (lb_{m}, kg)

r_{i}= distance between axis and inside hollow (ft, m)

r_{o}= distance between axis and outside hollow (ft, m)

Solid cylinder:

I = 1/2 m r^{2}(3c)

where

m = mass of cylinder (lb_{m}, kg)

r = distance between axis and outside cylinder (ft, m)

#### Inertia of Sphere

Thin-walled hollow sphere:

I = 2/3 m r^{2}(4a)

where

m = mass of sphere hollow (lb_{m}, kg)

r = distance between axis and hollow (ft, m)

Solid sphere:

I = 2/5 m r^{2}(4b)

where

m = mass of sphere (lb_{m}, kg)

r = radius in sphere (ft, m)

*Rectangular Plane*

Moments of Inertia for a rectangular plane with axis through center can be expressed as

I = 1/12 m (a^{2}+ b^{2}) (5)

where

a, b = short and long sides

Moments of Inertia for a rectangular plane with axis along edge can be expressed as

I = 1/3 m a^{2}(5b)

*Slender Rod*

Moments of Inertia for a slender rod with axis through center can be expressed as

I = 1/12 m L^{2}(6)

where

L = length of rod

Moments of Inertia for a slender rod with axis through end can be expressed as

I = 1/3 m L^{2}(6b)

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