How I Designed My Backyard Roller Coaster Brake and Launch System

So we are reworking the Widow’s Revenge to actually work. And we are getting close, very close. In the meantime, I wanted to show you the launch system and the brake needed to hold the cart in position. Just the motor idling can make the cart launch when we don’t want it to. We need to hold it in place until we are ready and the track is confirmed clear.

Corey Rasmussen

Corey is the Managing Director of the Mentored Engineer and owner of Rasmussen Designs. He received his BSME from Baylor University and holds a professional engineering license in North Carolina and Texas. He has been an engineer since 2002 with extensive experience in engineering design, fabrication and troubleshooting. He specializes in mobile equipment, hydraulic systems and machine design. He has two patents

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