Conventional Brakes On A RollerCoaster

Thursday, October 18, 2001 8:45 AM
What if you were to put conventional brakes n a rollercoaster car. By Conventional i mean like on a car. What if a company were too add break pads to a running wheel on the centers of the cars. This could easily solve trim problems by adding the brake whenver needed.

Thursday, October 18, 2001 8:51 AM
But, if there is something we have learned, it is that if they would do that, then the friggin thing would be placed on for half of the ride resulting in less speed.
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 8:57 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar Well, there's a couple problems with this idea.  One is that then the cars would have to some control circuitry, which they don't right now.  This is expensive and redundant.  Additionally, it would make the trains heavier, which would mean the structure would have to be sturdier, which would again make the thing more expensive.  Furthermore, even if you compeletely locked the poly-urethane wheels, they would slide a whole bunch along the steel rails without slowing the train down very much.

It's, overall, a pretty impractical solution.

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Thursday, October 18, 2001 9:39 AM
janfrederick's avatar
Perhaps someone could introduce a cross between a thermostat and bearings. That is, the warmer the lubrication (the lower the viscosity), the tighter the bearing becomes. How? Beats me. Use a spring composed of some sort of heat sensitive metal?
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