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360 Degree Super Speed Swing + Spring Swing

Dynamic load distribution through cycle makes for much higher swings, greater speed and easy 360 degree swinging.
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NOTE: No effort of any kind is necessary with this other than standard swinging motion.

A playground swing hanging from stiff bars instead of a chain. The seat has rollers so that seat can move up and down on those bars. No arm movement is required to move up and down those bars, the motion described below occurs naturally.

The swing reacts like any other swing until it reaches beyond the horizontal level. At that point the swing slides TOWARDS the pivot point (because the angle is tilting towards that pivot point) reducing the resistance as the mass of the swinger moves inwards. As the swing goes back down, the swinger moves down the bars again, to the outer part of the swing path and adds momentum as the leverage changes.

At some point, the swinger at the top of the arc slides (upside down) almost to the pivot bar and as the swing reverses, they're hurled down to the bottom of the support bars very quickly.

Might need to have springs to absorb the impact when the seat hits the bottom of the bars as it would be moving pretty quickly.

Once a complete revolution was achieved, the swinger would move in an egg shaped course, narrower at the top and wider at the bottom and slower at the top and much faster at the bottom.

The basic idea is that when you're at the top of the arc, you move in and provide less resistance due to the change in leverage, then tap the additional energy of moving back to the outer end of the cycle.

It's a bit hard to describe so I'll use a clock face to describe what happens at each position of the swing:

6:00 position - Swinger is flying forward with full force, seat at the bottom of the slider bars.

9:00 position - Swinger is still at the end of the bars due to centrifugal force however at

10:00 position - The mechanical centripetal force is nullified and replaced by gravity because the swinger is slowing and thus falls back towards the pivot point away from the bar's extent that was holding them in the orbit.

12:00 position - The swinger falls completely into the pivot bar (stops would keep them from hitting it)

1:00 position - Swinger's weight due to leverage pushes the bars very quickly downwards to be met by the swinger decending the bars at:

4:00 position - where the cycle repeats.

Boy is that wordy. This really is something that a 5 minute to create animation could clarify.

ADDENDUM: A swing that uses springs (within a tube where the rider holds it) that moves up and down as well as swinging.

doctorremulac3, Jan 15 2023

Powered 360 degree swing https://www.youtube...watch?v=J9uh-CyBMCs
one way to do it. [a1, Jan 15 2023]

Another https://www.faceboo...?v=1703649306634321
Dad provides the power [a1, Jan 15 2023]

Andrew 360 degree swing https://www.youtube...watch?v=o6xgUzU3xJc
[a1, Jan 15 2023]

Use this link to visualize. https://www.myphysi...ic-pendulum-en.html
Picture the weight falling inwards as the swing raises above the pivot point. [doctorremulac3, Jan 17 2023]

Kiiking https://www.visites...invented-in-estonia
Like Andrew’s but without counterweight. THAT’s gotta be a harder workout. [a1, Jan 17 2023]

Here's the sequence https://www.dropbox...20PENDULUM.png?dl=0
Although I think an animation is needed. Working on that. [doctorremulac3, Jan 17 2023]

Spring Swing movement https://www.myphysi...s/2d-spring-en.html
Chaotic and more fun. [doctorremulac3, Jan 17 2023]


       The “Andrew” link shows some key points in common with your idea. Rigid bars, bearings to let it go all the way around, relies on rider shifting center of mass to get angular momentum where needed.   

       Shifting the seat itself might be more difficult, not sure how you expect it to happen “naturally” without moving one’s arms. Andrew’s standing platform looks like a good whole-body workout relying on legs hips and arms to shift center of mass. It also has a counterweight at the other end of the arm from the rider.
a1, Jan 15 2023

       Looked at the pendulum animation. I don’t see the weight falling inward. Not sure it COULD fall inward unless the swing didn’t have enough momentum to make it over the top to begin with.   

       That might be easy to test with a small model though. Have you tried?
a1, Jan 17 2023

       I think it would work, gravity would be stronger than centripugetal forces. Similar to what happens if you try to swing higher than 90° on a swing with rope or chain supports. Would be easy to make a Meccano version but the box is upstairs and the dog is sitting on my lap so I can't be arsed to go and make one.
pocmloc, Jan 17 2023

       Exactly! If you make one please post it!   

       And give your pooch a treat for cooperating.
doctorremulac3, Jan 17 2023


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