Pics of a Fly wheel

Saturday, October 13, 2001 6:30 PM
Anyone got pics of a fly wheel, and the system that MOntes revenge works off of, i think its fly wheel.  Well its been bugging me for some time on how the thing luanches. 
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Saturday, October 13, 2001 6:43 PM
Anyone know, well how about the other luanch systems for the Swartzkoph.
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Saturday, October 13, 2001 7:40 PM
There are two systems used. One is a couterweight which is winched up in a tower. It's released, launching the train out of the staion. The tower is a tall cylindrical structure, quite frankly a bit of an eyesore. On the otherhand the flywheel catapult system is contained in a relatvely small(about a story and a half as I recall) building just beyond the loading platform. The flywheel is kept rotating at a high rate of speed by a large electric motor. A friction clutch,similar to whats used in an automobile, is used to engage the launch catapult. Besides being much more compact than the tower system, the flywheel is by far more energy efficient, for once it's up to speed it requires little energy to keep it going.
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Saturday, October 13, 2001 8:16 PM
http://schwarzkopf.coaster.net/hauptmenueGF.htm     This site has it all.
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 1:22 AM
Sixflagshouston.com has some video footage shot within Greezed Lightnin' flywheel house that you can download.
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 8:20 AM
One of the west coast sites has photos of Montezooma when they were doing a bit of reconditioning. Perhaps someone can find the photos?

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 8:54 AM
Whic part of the rail is the fly wheel on, Side or bottom ?

What are the names for each wheel type ? Runnig Wheel, Fly Wheel, them what ? I can't remember.

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 10:52 AM
I wish SFMM got VIper a took down Flash back.
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 12:10 PM

TITAN_FAN_13 said:
Whic part of the rail is the fly wheel on, Side or bottom ?
What are the names for each wheel type ? Runnig Wheel, Fly Wheel, them what ? I can't remember.
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I am assuming that you mean for the train. The names are usually: Running Wheel, above the track. Guide Wheel, the sides of the track. Up-Stop, below the track.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2001 5:08 PM
Well, I have a pic of a flywheel, in the SFoG Photo Gallery of my site, in the Viper destruction... Sadly :(
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Tuesday, October 16, 2001 6:17 PM
Blast Coaster, how can you have a pic of a flywheel from SFoG? The Tidal Wave is a weight drop model. I doubt they converted it when it moved.

BTW, the weight tower is no eye sore, it's cool looking!

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I want my Hay Bayler back! Forget new rides! HAY BAYLER! While they are at it, why not bring back Tidal Wave too?

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Wednesday, October 17, 2001 8:22 PM
Good photos and some videos of a working flywheel at www.coasterphotos.com

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Wednesday, October 24, 2001 11:06 PM
Viper at SFOG does have larger wheels which various launch cables utilize, but none of them are true fly wheels as used by the Schwarzkopf flywheel model.

A fly wheel isn't a wheel on the train itself.  They are used in many applications - not just coasters.  The idea is that a large, massive wheel spins very fast and thus has a great deal of energy stored in it (the greater the mass of the wheel, the more inertia it has).  On a coaster, a clutch engages the fly wheel to the launch cable, and the energy of the fly wheel launches the train, with a small motor needing only to periodically turn on to give the flywheel more RPMs lost from the launch.  This is to avoid having to have a large, power-sucking motor to launch the train.

Moral if the story:  it's all about the physics.

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