Following part III in the series, the linear stability of previously identified steady states is analysed for a general convex axisymmetric body spinning on the horizontal plane in order to determine spin orientations leading to the 'rising egg' phenomenon. The viscous friction law is assumed between the body and the plane, which is linear in the velocity of the point of contact and allows for analytical treatment of the problem. In the analysis, the emphasis is put on the relationship between the geometrical structure of interconnected structures of non-isolated fixed-points, representing the steady-spin states in the system phase space, and their stability properties. It is shown that the rising egg phenomenon, discussed initially in part I for the flip-symmetric geometry of a uniform spheroid, occurs in a much broader class of spinning axisymmetric bodies. It is also shown that for some geometries, the steady spin configurations of minimum potential energy are always stable, contrary to the flip-symmetric case, so that even a rapid spin does not cause the centre-of-mass to rise. Particular attention is focused on a spheroid with displaced centre-of-mass and the tippe-top.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Nov 2006|