Sunday, November 19, 2000 2:24 PM
I was wondering if any of you know what powers the wheels that launch the Incredible Hulk. I saw this thing on TV about where it showed some huge generaters but I need to know what powers them.
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Monday, November 20, 2000 6:26 AM
I think its just a whole bunch of individual electric motors. They are all timed individually to match the speed that the train will be at when the train arrives at each set of wheels, then they push it even faster.
Definately not LIM's
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Monday, November 20, 2000 8:34 AM
Soggy is right. In "The World's Greatest Roller Coaster Thrill: The Next Generation", the first stop is IOA, and they have an (engineer?) explaining how Hulk is propelled. It is motors...sets of them. I can't remember exactly, but he explains there are a certain number of them on each side, I think at the back, and how they work with a fin. I will have to go home tonight and watch it again, but if you can get this tape, it explains it and alot of other coasters, i.e. Jokers Jinx, Superman-The Escape, etc.
Monday, November 20, 2000 9:16 AM
Yes, the pinch wheels grab the standard center beam of the B&M bogies, where the brakes squeeze. What I find amazing about the system is that the electricity is stored mechanically then released all at once to the last 80 feet of track or something like that. In that TV special, the engineer said that trying to tap right into the local power supply would cause brown-outs in Orlando!
For those of you who haven't seen it in physics class yet, you can convert energy from one type to another in various ways. For example, a nuclear power plant heats water, the water creates steam pressure, which drives turbines that create electricity (or something like that). In this case, it's kind of going backwards, converting the electricity back to mechanical energy.
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