How Do Ferris Wheels Work?

The "pleasure wheels" that existed in the 1800’s century were easy to power because they were so undeveloped. Usually, a single person could operate them. Due to the fact that the ferris wheels of today are so complex, they are powered much differently.

The structure of a ferris wheel can be compared to two bicycle tires. The wheel itself is supported on the inside by tension spokes. These spokes are in place to keep the wheel from callapsing. The two wheels are connected by tension spokes and metal bars or pipes.

The seats of the wheels are positioned on the connecting pipes and are hung so that they swing freely. Gravity keeps the seats from going upside down.

Motors that are connected to or near the wheels keep the wheel in motion. They turn in a series of gears, belts, and pulleys all connected to each other.

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