Can they get any higher?

Sunday, October 27, 2002 3:56 PM

Let's say that Drop Zone at Paramount's Kings Island was extended 400 feet, so that the tower would then be about 700 feet tall. While the tower would grow, the magnetic "brake run" would stay the same. If the ride were to operate, and reach a terminal velocity of around 120 MPH, would the brakes that are currently on the ride be able to stop it? I was wondering if there is a ratio between the height of the tower and the length of the "brake run."

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Sunday, October 27, 2002 3:59 PM
I think the magnets would be able to stop it still.

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-Sean

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Sunday, October 27, 2002 6:14 PM
Terminal velocity is different for ever object. The carriage may go much faster than 120 mph. but drop speed is not proportional to weight, so eventually it would get to a point where the higher it goes, it wouldn't go any faster, so (you are right) you won't need longer brakes.

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Sunday, October 27, 2002 6:24 PM
I would have to think that the terminal velocity would be higher than 120 mph.

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Monday, October 28, 2002 4:24 AM
Even if the brakes were adequate, which they wouldn't be unless they are grossly over designed, there would be major structural problems with a big increase in height. Not to mention that the cable reels wouldn't hold enough cable, etc., etc.
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