Overbracing is what killed the fun ride that was Mean Streak - so what do you think would happen if you decided to add a few more beams to Rattler? lol. Flex is a good thing; its good for SheiKra, good for Rattle **** , and ummm....its good for Marcus tooSnooSnoo said:^My same thoughts. Over all this time, wouldn't ya think to brace it maybe a little?
The structure of the ride bends based on the impulse being placed upon it. We call this a change in momentum because the force of the train coming around the bend is subsequently causing a reaction to said structure. The structure was designed with this in mind, with the wooden beams absorbing the force (which is why eat beam is pressure treated in a vat), which is why most wooden structures include cross bracing and lateral braces on top of those. If the joins between each section of wood were absorbing the force, you'd have a poorly designed ride. If the structure is too rigid, the entire thing will eventually crack from the excess strain.Mike. Steel flexing is totally different to wood flexing. On Steel coasters the fibers in the steel are what bend, not the joints. This is infact good for the ride. On The Rattler, the actual joints are taking the strain of the flexing, which is bad for the ride.