How To Build A Small Trebuchet Sling,Small House Design Floor Plans,Home Wood Projects - Plans On 2016

18.06.2014
This article outlines how to build a 1 meter scale siege engine at home in your spare time. The same thought applies for the sling ropes, they can't be too long or too short but must be "just right" for it to work. Designed for hurling tennis balls, this 30 inch (axle height) Trebuchet is a working model suitable for learning the fundamentals of Hinged Counter Weight Trebuchet. This is a set of plans and instructions for building a small-scale hinged counter weight (HCW) Trebuchet suitable for hurling tennis balls with. It is possible to build this design without the over lapping joints, but you will have to decide if it is worthwhile for you to do so. I have included simple designs for a sling, pouch and trigger but feel free to come up with your own designs.
If you can't figure out how to cock and fire the little beast you've just built, then you haven't been doing your research.
A trebuchet is a battle machine used in the middle ages to throw heavy payloads at enemies. The trebuchet was preferred over a catapult due to its greater range capability and greater accuracy.
A trebuchet works by using the energy of a falling (and hinged) counterweight to launch a projectile (the payload), using mechanical advantage to achieve a high launch speed. The motion of a trebuchet during launch can become fairly complicated, and cannot be fully understood using intuition alone. In some designs a guide chute is used to guide the sling along and support the payload until the speed is great enough to hold it in the pouch alone. However, it is worth noting that the physics of the trebuchet is not unique to the trebuchet.
The optimal trebuchet design is one that launches the payload the farthest horizontal distance. To aid designers and enthusiasts, I created a trebuchet simulator, programmed in Microsoft Excel. The development of the equations to fully analyze trebuchet physics is quite an onerous task, both to derive and fully present on a website. As mentioned before, some trebuchet designs use a guide chute to keep the payload in place during the initial part of the launch.
However, since the payload is unconstrained in this case (no contact with guide chute), its equations will be different from the previous case. A trebuchet (pronounced TREB-you-shay) is a medieval English siege engine or catapult that consists of a large arm mounted on a cart or stand.
The instructions in the section “Building Your Trebuchet” are written for building a trebuchet using pieces of wood. An indoor trebuchet could launch grapes, paper wads, or Nerf balls, while an outdoor trebuchet could launch water balloons, tennis balls (perfect for Renfaire mixed doubles), golf balls (for Renfaire golf), clay balls, ball bearings, croquet balls, billiard balls, or even actual rocks.
Whatever you decide you want to launch with your trebuchet, your counterweight should be from 100 to 133 times the weight of your projectile.[3] If you want to launch items of various weights, you can set up your trebuchet with a bucket or bag to hold and adjust the counterweight. Space the secondary holes out far enough that they won’t break out and form a larger hole would allow the swing arm to slip if threaded through it.
For a tabletop trebuchet, you may want to attach a piece of posterboard or cardboard to the bottom of the frame to protect the surface the trebuchet rests on when firing it.
The throwing side of the swing arm should rest on the short side of the trebuchet frame because the force generated when it moves will thrust the frame downward. The nail should be pointing up to ensure that the sling will open without coming off the swing arm entirely. If the axle extends past the frame, you may wish to affix cotter pins or caps to its ends to keep it from slipping out when you launch projectiles. If you like, you can tie the string holding the sling to the trebuchet directly to the hook and tie the other end to a loop of thin wire to make it easier to slide off the hook when launching the projectile.
If your trebuchet releases the projectile too soon, the projectile could fly upward or even backward. If you have trouble with the trebuchet releasing the projectile at the right time, you can adjust the weight of the counterweight or remount the swing arm through a different hole.
Adding wheels to the base of your trebuchet will not only make it more mobile but give it more launching power because the counterweight will pull the entire siege engine forward when it drops, adding more force to the swing arm.


If you find the trebuchet’s sling too awkward to bother with, you can replace the sling and its hook with a scoop-shaped bucket. If your trebuchet is small enough, you can launch the projectile by sharply pulling down on the short end of the swing arm instead of using a counterweight.
Use only soft projectiles for an indoor trebuchet, and for an outdoor trebuchet, make sure to have a wide open space in front of the siege engine. For less than fifteen dollars, you can build a one by one-half meter trebuchet that will throw a croquet ball thirty meters.
When the bucket of rocks drops, the throwing arm rotates and the sling throws the croquet ball. Sling would not let go of the ball which caused it to hit the dirt right just in front of the catapult.
There are no nails or screws to hold the frame together, although there are 3 eye-screws as part of the trigger and sling.
Too much depends on how you build yours, what your throwing, sling design, exact masses involved, etc. This is what the ‘fixed' end of the sling will attach to as well as being part of the trigger. I know it may be a little confusing so look at the completed machine and you should be able to figure out where the cuts go and how their locations were determined.
The payload could be thrown a far distance and do considerable damage, either by smashing down walls or striking the enemy while inside their stronghold. Therefore, one must analyze trebuchet physics in full in order to make accurate predictions.
At this point the ring (which is connected to the sling and loops around the finger for support) slips off and the payload is launched.
This results in a large increase in linear velocity of the payload which far exceeds that of the end of the beam to which the sling is attached. However, it is certainly possible to achieve a good design with a much lighter counterweight than this. In the counterpoise style of trebuchet[1], a counterweight pulls down the arm, launching a large stone or other projectile from its resting place in the sling opposite the counterweight toward the target, much like David using his sling against Goliath.[2] Trebuchets can be built large or small, but all trebuchets, correctly built, illustrate the principle of leverage. This will determine what size of trebuchet you’ll want to make and what materials make it out of. You can make a wooden trebuchet with a base about 12 inches (30 cm) and a swing arm of about 16 inches (40 cm) or a smaller and lighter model out of popsicle sticks.
A backyard trebuchet could be made of wood or PVC pipe with a 24-inch (60 cm) base and a 32-inch (80 cm) swing arm. This will have an impact on what material you make your trebuchet from, how large and durable your sling must be, and how heavy a counterweight you should obtain. For a small trebuchet, you may want to make them 1 foot (30 cm) long; for a larger trebuchet, they can be longer. You’ll need either a metal bar or wooden dowel the same length as one of the cross pieces or slightly longer.
You’ll want to use a drill bit that’s the same diameter or only slightly larger than the diameter of the axle.
It should be open to serve as a release pin,[9] allowing one end of the sling to open and allow the swing arm to hurl the projectile forward. Connect the 3 cross pieces to the long base pieces using glue, nails, screws, or bolts, depending on the size of your trebuchet.
If your trebuchet is made of wood, paint will help preserve it, particularly if you plan to keep it outdoors when not in use. You can also tie both string ends to wire loops to make it easier to put the sling on and remove it from the hook.
Slip the end of one of the sling strings over the hook, unless you chose to tie it to the hook. You can use a single heavy item as the counterweight or a number of smaller items, contained in a bag or bucket. If it releases too late, the projectile will slam into the ground in front of the trebuchet.
This is similar to how a baseball pitcher adds more force to his pitch by raising one leg and then bringing it down as he leans forward to release the ball and thrusts forward slightly during the pitch.


This form of trebuchet, a traction trebuchet,[15] is similar to how you throw the pelota (ball) in jai alai using a curved cesta, how you launch a spear using an atl-atl, or even how you cast a fishing lure. She enjoys starting articles about real problems she has in life, as well as ones about quirky topics like How to Use Life Hacks. The bit should have a diameter smaller than the threads of the eye screw, close to the size of the solid portion of the threaded area but as if the threads were missing.
The second sling line is attached to the remaining grommet and the last key ring becomes the Slip Ring that slides over the Release Pin.
Keep people away from it while firing, the sling alone can do some nasty whipping around long after the payload is gone.
This is the heart of trebuchet physics and is the reason a trebuchet has such great launching power.
Instead, the basic equations will be introduced in order to give the reader a basic understanding of the core physics and mathematics required to fully describe the physics of a trebuchet. A trebuchet to demonstrate at a Renaissance faire could be several times larger than this, if you have sufficient space to launch its projectiles, but you’d have to design it to be taken apart for transport and reassembled on site unless you have a pickup or trailer to haul it around in. You want the trebuchet to be fairly narrow to ensure that it throws its projectiles in a straight line. To keep the sling from opening too soon, drive a nail into the end, partially covering the release pin. The sudden acceleration will swing the projectile backward in the sling, causing one end of the sling to slip off the hook and propel the projectile forward.
Route or chisel out a small channel to accommodate the chain and washer before screwing the three 2x2's together. When the ball is thrown, the ring slides off the metal rod at approximately 90 degrees to the ground. Although it is a machine designed to throw small objects, great care should be taken that no person, animal or property should come to harm due to any action by this machine.
It should be located as close to the end of the beam as is reasonable, depending on how much room you have after putting the release pin on. Cut the Sling Lines extra long so you can adjust the length later without having to cut new lines. However, because the counterweight pivots around a much shorter distance, its weight must be much greater than the weight of the payload, to get a high launch velocity. To simplify the analysis here, the sling is replaced with a single cable in tension attached to the payload and the end of the beam.
Tie loops in the loose ends of the string so you can slip them over the hook on the launching side of the swing arm. His favorite article he’s worked on is How to Install Software in Ubuntu, and his proudest achievement has been becoming an Admin. It is like a rock-throwing sling (think David and Goliath), one end stays in the hand, the other is released to toss the stone.
I should point out that the frame was designed to support the loads and forces of a Trebuchet and yet be quick and easy to build. However, increasing the mass of the counterweight beyond a certain point will not help, since the limiting speed of the falling counterweight is free-fall speed. Fortunately, such an optimization is greatly simplified given that trebuchet physics can be modeled with computers, saving a lot of time. Feel free to substitute what you want but look over how it is used first so you'll have a better idea of what you'll need. These pieces of wood are going to be so small in cross section that even one knot could be disastrous, so inspect it carefully. Too big and it may not let go of the payload in time, too small and it may let go too soon.



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