If the distance between the running rails and the rails which control the rotation is not precisely maintained, the seats will tend to rock fore-and-aft throughout the ride. You can see this happening (in the video) when the seats invert before the first dive. At low speeds, (like in the factory test) the rocking would not be so noticeable but at higher speeds it would cause a riders head to bounce off of the head rests. Not only would this vibration be extremely uncomfortable, it would have to cause incredible wear on the mechanics of the train. Imagine the stress on the bearings at the pivot points. Plus, it makes sense that this problem would only get worse as the ride ages. I just hope Arrow dosen't have another Bat on their hands.
Does anyone agree/disagree with this?
*** This post was edited by jimster on 10/18/2001. ***
In short, for the design to work you need significant preload between the rails, so "not being aligned right" is not really an issue. Sorry.
Don't get me wrong, I hope the ride is a success. I just cant imagine that a mechanical system like this can provide for a very smooth or reliable ride.
"Just remember, wherever you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai
I bet X's seat rotation system could compensate for at least a variation of +/- 1/8 inch between the rails.
Irregardless, I can't wait to ride it!!!
I completely agree with you except for ONE thing:
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Just gotta get my grammer kicks in :)
Cant wait to ride X when its ready. I would REALLY appreciate an official SF announcement as to what the ACTUAL delay is, so we can all stop speculating and relying on unconfirmed rumors. Remember, people thought DejaVu wouldnt be open till AFTER October and suddenly ,BOOM, they announced the opening in August. The usual protocol is that they annouce the opening 1week before MEDIA DAY (usually WED-FRI, with the ride officially opening on FRI or SAT). Each WED-FRI I eagerly await word. Still Waiting..............
My other car is a Giovanola!
What am I getting to?
(Could you give me a link? Pretty please? :))
"They were rong, very rong." -Coolbrojoe
There should be a video on here.
Basically make a preload of, say, twenty five pounds (numbers for no reason) that keeps you horizontal. Then if your actuator has a spring constant of 50 lb/in, you can have up to half of an inch of runout before you start to turn.
I could draw it if this isn't clear
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