Magnetic Braking at Amusement Park
Name: Robert S.
I have a question regarding a rollercoaster ride that I
am sappose to do an experiment on. It is called The Giant Drop. It is
located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL. For this rollercoaster
you sit in a bucket looking seat. It raises you straight up 227 feet.
Then it drops you at 62 mph. The seats of the rollercoaster are stopped
by a series of opposing magnet (I think). How would that work? Are
there magnets that appose each other that strongly or do you have to add
First of all, you are dropped from rest and attain a maximum velocity of
about 28 m/s during the drop.
The braking system works on eddy currents. There are magnets in the
passenger car, and copper strips mounted on the tower pass between them
causing the braking.
---Nathan A. Unterman
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