1D50.28 - Carnival Ride Model - Swing Ride

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Carnival Ride Model - Swing Ride
Centrifugal Force
Area of Study:
Mounted DC Motor and 0 to 150 VDC Power Supply, Large DC Motor with Controller and Plexiglas Plate with Attached Tennis Balls.

Point the motor straight up and attach the Plexiglas plate to the shaft.  MAKE SURE THE MOTOR TURNS IN THE DIRECTION WRITTEN ON THE PLEXIGLAS PLATE.  Increase the motor speed gradually until the desired effect is obtained.

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