Centrifugal Force

Definition - What does Centrifugal Force mean?

Centrifugal Force in Newtonian Mechanics is used to specify an internal force which appears to act on all the objects while viewing a rotating motion reference frame which draws them aside from their axis. This concept can be enforced on rotating devices like centrifugal pumps, governors, clutches and centrifuges, etc., and on planetary orbits, centrifugal railway and banked curves, etc., when they are observed to be in a rotating coordinate system. It is actually an outward force that is apparent in rotating motion reference frame.

Petropedia explains Centrifugal Force

The object moving in a circle reacts as if it encounters an outward force. This force is known as Centrifugal Force and it depends on the speed of rotation, mass of the object and radius. To increase the Centrifugal Force, there must be an increase in either speed of the rotation mass or object radius. The increase in the speed of the rotation increases it to a rate of square of the speed and the increase in mass and radius of the object increases the Centrifugal Force proportionally.

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