# Which direction do the loads and reactions go in a Ferris wheel?

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• Smilemore
In summary, the ferris wheel has pretensioned cables as spokes and the loads vs reactions go in a sequence from the hub to the bottom arc of the rim. The tension loads are then transferred to the ground through two A-shaped frames at the hub and main axle.
Smilemore
Considering a ferris wheel with the spokes being pretensioned cables. Which directions do the loads vs reactions go?

Smilemore said:
Considering a ferris wheel with the spokes being pretensioned cables. Which directions do the loads vs reactions go?
Can you produce for us a drawing? And then identify points where you think there is a load/reaction pair?

berkeman
Smilemore said:
Considering a ferris wheel with the spokes being pretensioned cables. Which directions do the loads vs reactions go?
Welcome to PF. Is this question for schoolwork?

berkeman said:
Welcome to PF. Is this question for schoolwork?
No. I am in construction consultancy but just interested

berkeman
Smilemore said:
Considering a ferris wheel with the spokes being pretensioned cables. Which directions do the loads vs reactions go?
Welcome!
If the ferry wheel is like in a bicycle wheel, the outer ring is hanging from the bottom spokes, which transfer tension loads between the hub and the bottom arc of the rim in a sequence, as they are relocated by rotation respect to the vertical.
The load at the hub and main axle is transferred down onto the ground by two A-shaped frames.

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## 1. What is the direction of the loads and reactions in a Ferris wheel?

The loads and reactions in a Ferris wheel go in a circular direction, following the path of the wheel's rotation.

## 2. Do the loads and reactions change direction as the Ferris wheel turns?

Yes, the loads and reactions will change direction as the Ferris wheel turns, as they are constantly following the circular path of the wheel's rotation.

## 3. Are the loads and reactions evenly distributed on a Ferris wheel?

No, the loads and reactions are not evenly distributed on a Ferris wheel. The loads are concentrated at the bottom of the wheel, where the cabins are attached, and the reactions are highest at the top of the wheel.

## 4. How do the loads and reactions affect the stability of a Ferris wheel?

The loads and reactions play a crucial role in the stability of a Ferris wheel. The weight of the loads, combined with the reactions at the top of the wheel, help to keep the wheel balanced and prevent it from tipping over.

## 5. Can the direction of the loads and reactions be controlled in a Ferris wheel?

The direction of the loads and reactions in a Ferris wheel cannot be controlled, as they are determined by the wheel's rotation and the weight distribution of the cabins and passengers. However, the speed and rotation of the wheel can be controlled by the operator.

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