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Author: davidz

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Filesize: 498.75 kB

Date added: 2012-06-29

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Just a floating arm version of my triple arm trebuchet. It has pretty reasonable masses - 1 kg projectile, 200 kg counterweight.
I managed to get over 60% efficiency :y
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Very nice. :tup: :tup: How do you measure efficiency? When calculating (total energy gained by projectile at release)/(total energy lost by trebuchet), I get 77%. It appears that the trebuchet is 97% efficient at release and then looses another 20% settling down after the throw.
Last edited at 2012/06/30 11:53:58 by s_noonan
Thnaks! I divided projectile kinetic energy by potential energy lost by counterweight, but total energy lost by system seems to be a better measure.

I'm still trying to build supersonic treb with reasonable masses and dimensions, but enormous amouts of energy are lost in last arm unless it's very light.