Intamin Hydraulic Launch. How does it work?

Saturday, September 14, 2002 11:06 PM

Subject says it all. I know it involves hydraulic pistons and a cable.. perhaps with a dog attatched that latches onto the coaster train. The hydraulics some how drive the cable but how? I've been trying to figure this out for ages but all I have to go by are a few low quality ride videos of Xcelerator (KBF). Your mechanical insight will be much appreciated. :-)

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Sunday, September 15, 2002 5:17 AM
I'd like to know how the launch works also. The rows of fins that rise after the train launches...are those brakes?

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Sunday, September 15, 2002 5:23 AM

Phyter said:

.. perhaps with a dog attatched that latches onto the coaster train.

P.E.T.A. is going to hear about this I assure you. ;)

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Sunday, September 15, 2002 5:52 AM
its basically the MF lift cranked up a lot! the fins are brakes if the launch fails and a roll back occurs.
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Sunday, September 15, 2002 6:33 AM

A search on hydraulic launch brought this up.

http://club.coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=11&TopicID=23091

or for non club members

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=11&TopicID=23091

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Sunday, September 15, 2002 4:03 PM

laurence said:
its basically the MF lift cranked up a lot!

I hope you're not serious...

*** This post was edited by CPgenius on 9/15/2002. ***

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Sunday, September 15, 2002 9:44 PM
It uses the same cable and dog system. Of course the drive is completely different.
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Monday, September 16, 2002 6:06 PM
Yeah, it's not an elevator lift cranked up, that was what I was refering to.

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*** This post was edited by CPgenius on 9/17/2002. ***

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002 1:42 PM

to make a long story short,

get in, sit down, shut up, and HANG ON!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2002 3:57 AM
How does it work? Very well, thank you very much.

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Scott W. Short
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
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Thursday, September 19, 2002 11:01 AM

ShivTim, I'd really like to agree with you.....it DOES work very well indeed on Xcelerator, WHEN it works at all....which right now seems to be "infrequently". The launch itself is great, the reliability of the system is what I'm left questioning.....never spent so much time watching a ride evacuated over and over in my life!

...."just LEAVE the ladder where it stands, you'll need it again real soon"!

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 11:29 AM
Does it have anything to do with water being compressed at all? I was trying to figure it out in a science book today, but it seemed like french to me.

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LeWiS

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Thursday, September 19, 2002 1:34 PM
Pressurised hydraulic fluid, not compressed, you can't compress a fluid.

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Korn Tour (With no name)--Korn, Puddle of Mudd, Deadsy

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