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Overspeed Brake Solution from Combidrive

17 June 2024

An overspeed brake was required to prevent the rotating part of the sculpture being driven by wind at more than around 30rpm for safety reasons.

Combidrive produced a control which comprised a Suco centrifugal brake driven by a speed increasing two stage helical gear head. The gear head was required to increase the brake speed from 30rpm to several hundred rpm in order for the brake to function effectively.

With kind permission of Helena Doyle, Tom Cherry Engineering, Simon Carroll – Temple Set Design and Sean Pollock Photography, Summer Lights 2021, Canary Wharf Artists + Events

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