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Homework Help: Problem with rope climbing mechanism

  1. Mar 15, 2012 #1
    I need to figure out how to design a device that should climb on a rope without any
    electrical or chemical plant (see the attached file for drawing).
    I need a good idea how to generate sufficient lifting force in order to compensate weight
    and friction?

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  3. Mar 16, 2012 #2
    Re: problem

    You can use a mechanical power supply, right? Such as a winded/loaded spring?
  4. Mar 17, 2012 #3


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    I've been pondering this, and can't decide whether my scheme needs > 100% efficiency. :smile: I'm sure someone will soon set me right.

    Allow that weight on the string to slowly fall and unravel from the pulley, and this turns the pulley so it advances up the rope. Is there a payload to lift, or just the light-weight pulley?
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