Amusement Technology is no ‚walk in the park‘
Outdoor activities like bungee jumping or paragliding have steadily increased the ‚kick level‘ of many visitors to amusement parks. All the time, park enthusiasts and internet panels keep on demanding faster, higher and more breathtaking attractions. Acceleration and speed are the decisive factors today, inevitably linked to the commercial success of an amusement park.
Heuristic construction methods are all water under the bridge. However, CAD is not the only tools you need when designing a new attraction for a theme park. Already during the design phase, computer simulation is required to prove that the forces and accelerations will not overstrain the passengers.
TUEV Sued, based in Munich, is one of the most respected testers of amusement rides. Every year, they perform the acceptance tests of approx. 100 newly-built rides world-wide.
The TUEV experts exactly know where to look. Any time they see drive and brake technology by InTraSys, they instantly know that they haven’t got to worry. Our systems are reliable and safe.
So, in short words, InTraSys drives and brakes mean that you haven’t got to rack your brains and will sleep well.
- Prolim drives deliver thrust of up to 200 kN (this is the traction force of a modern locomotive!)
- Prolim drives accelerate coaster gondolas to up to 50 m/s (180 km/h or 110 mph)
- Prolim drives are not affected by environmental conditions, they are weather-proof and can be used below water level
- Prolim drives completely do away with power supplies, sensors etc. in the gondolas
- Prolim drives are best choice for all primary and intermediate drives
- Prolim drives may also be used as a motor brake
- Prolim eddy-current brakes will stop any gondola at any time, jerkless and with a 100% reliability. Even general power failure or a lightning strike into the control room will not prevent InTraSys brakes from working.
Just a few facts on ‚Superman‘ in California
- Reverse Free-Fall
- LSM Drives
- Linear Eddy-Current Brakes
- Payload: 7.000 kg (approx. 15.500 lb.)
- Maximum velocity: 45 m/s (= 160 km/h or 100 mph)
- Maximum acceleration: 2 g (20 m/s²)
- Mechanical driving power: 1,5 MW
- Rated VFI power: 2.500 kVA
- Maximum drive error ratio: 10 ppm
- Six Flags Magic Mountain Park
- The gondola, weighing some 7 metric tons (some 15.500 lb.) is accelerated to a speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) in only a few seconds, before it shoots up a vertical track to an altitude of 415 ft. above ground. When it falls down, passengers will be weightless for approx. six seconds. Eddy-current brakes stop the gondola after the ride.
- Covered by an editorial in German professional magazine Technik in Bayern, Issue 5/05