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A condition where the shaft axis or center lines of two shafts are parallel but offset from each other.

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BEARING

A support or guide by means of which a moving part such as a shaft or axle is positioned with respect to the other parts of a mechanism.

CAM

Eccentric shaft used in most internal combustion engines to open and close valves.

GYRO ERROR

The error in the reading of the gyrocompass, expressed in degrees east or west to indicate the direction in which the axis of the compass is offset from true north.

GYROSCOPE

A rapidly rotating mass free to move about one or both axes perpendicular to the axis of rotation and to each other. It is characterized by GYROSCOPIC INERTIA and PRECESSION. Usually shortened to GYRO. The term also refers colloquially to the GYROCOMPASS.

GYROSCOPIC DRIFT

The horizontal rotation of the spin axis of a gyroscope about the vertical axis

HORIZONTAL EARTH RATE

The rate at which the spin axis of a gyroscope must be tilted about the horizontal axi

AXIAL-LOAD BEARING

A bearing in which the load acts in the direction of the axis of rotation.

LAMINAR FLOW

A flow situation in which fluid moves in parallel lamina or layers.

SHEAR RATE

The difference between the velocities along the parallel faces of a fluid element divided by the distance between the faces.

BYPASS FILTRATION

A system of filtration in which only a portion of the total flow of a circulating fluid system passes through a filter at any instant or in which a filter having its own circulating pump operates in parallel to the main flow.
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