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Hal, to minimize the escapement error, in my synchronome it can be made undetectable, you need to carefully center the impulse around the phase corresponding to a vertical pendulum rod. Adding energy when it's all kinetic doesn't change the period in the small angle approximation.
This is why I was looking for a way to mechanically control the phase with precision. Thanks Neville about your answer, I am still looking for a way to do it with better accuracy than by hand, I guess I need to devise a simple process to do it.
I am not claiming it's a needed adjustment for best accuracy, the opposite, I think I reported long ago in this forum that minimizing the escapement error doesn't significantly affect the period in the short turn accuracy, even a large escapement error seems to be very repeatable in a synchronome.
Don't worry Bepi,
I live in a constant state of confusion.
You are impulsing the pendulum at some point during its swing.
There are some points (during the swing) that the impulse will be
very useful and efficient OR other points where the impulse will
be detrimental (the child pushed by dad on the swing gets higher
and higher OR gets lower and lower to a stop because it is tea
The phase angle represents a point somewhere on that sine curve
(which represents the position of the pendulum in time) where
impulse may be given.
On 14/11/2020 13:11, Bepi wrote:
Hal, sorry for adding to the confusion, let me make it worse now.
In my pseudo-synchronome I control the clock-cycle phase of the
impulse by changing a time delay starting from the previous period
vertical crossing but it's clearer to speak about a phase angle,
as in the angle of the tangent rule, p.-
can you explain the difference between phase
and time in relation to impulse or are you using the
On 14/11/2020 12:42, Bepi
Ian who are Mr Parsons and Mr Ball and where can I read
about their results? I agree that the shape is probably
of little importance, more relevant is the location of
the impulse in phase/time.
Does anybody know how to regulate the impulse phase in a
synchronome in an easy, controllable and accurate way?
The shape might be of some relevance in terms of
repeatability which boils down to absence of sharp