When I went to Pkd, I looked at Drop Zone, it has white things that go up and down it (I guess for the brakes, I dont know how it works) my friend said if that the gondola (what is it?) doesnt line up with the white lines on it, the gondola could come to a complete stop, putting to much g's on the riders, is that true??
Your friend may be right; there are brake fins that extend part way up the tower, and those brake fins line up with the magnetic brake calipers on the gondola. If the gondola should be misaligned, the calipers will hit the brake fins and either destroy the brake fins, rip the calipers off, jam the gondola, or some combination of the above. In other words, Bad Things™ would happen.
But thing about this a little more rationally. The gondola rides on tracks mounted on the perimeter of the tower. The brake calipers are held in a rigid position relative to the tracks by the gondola frame, and the brake fins are held in rigid position relative to the tracks by their mounting frame. Nothing can rotate or shift more than a fraction of an inch, certainly less than the allowable slop on the brake caliper. In other words, for the Bad Things™ described above to happen, it would be necessary for Really Really Really Bad Things™ to happen, and they would have to happen between the time the gondola exited the brakes on the way up and the time it reenters the brakes on the way down.
The odds of such a catastrophic failure happening are extremely small.
Amen to that, Jim! And when was the last time you conducted a bumper-to-bumper inspection on your car? And remember your car is filled with volitile, flammable fuels, engines which produce incentiary explosions at high temperature and pressure.........
It runs on pneumatic tires, with no run-flat capability and with no back-up system, many critical systems are not redundant...cars are scary!
Anaconda said: Thanks Rideman, If you could tell me how the whole Drop Zone thing works, I would greatly appreciate it, Thanks for the long explanation!
Here it goes...(Ya'll correct me if I'm wrong..;) ) As the gondola rises on the tower, copper builds up in the "brake rails" or whatever you would like to call them. Then, when the gondola reaches the brakes, the copper helps repell the direction of the cars, giving a nice easy stop, as the copper is decreased.
Though, if the gondola is missaligned by even a half an inch, could in sense cause havoc, either ripping the caliber plain off, or just destruction of the area of the tower.. inevitably just stopping the gondola where it was. Really, there is not much that can go wrong, the gondola is mounted on a heavily secured path, almost giving the ride a failsafe ride through it's lifetime. There is rarely if ever and danger with any of the Intamin drop towers...
Ok, thanks Rctycoon2k, for the long explanation of how it works. I know that the chances of having something really really bad happening are slim, but I am just saying if that small possibility would happen.