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What is a Trebuchet?

What is a Trebuchet? Trebuchet is a deadly siege weapon that hurls an object by using a counterweight.

Trebuchet Issue 5 Art and Crime

A Trebuchet is a deadly siege weapon that hurls an object by using a counterweight.

“A trebuchet is a type of catapult that works by using the energy of a raised counterweight to throw a projectile. Initially, the sling, which has a pouch containing the projectile, is placed in a trough below the axle, which supports the beam. Upon releasing the trigger, the sling and the beam swing around toward the vertical position, where one end of the sling releases, opening the pouch and propelling the projectile towards the target. The efficiency of the transfer of the stored energy of the counterweight to the projectile can be quite high, even without, for example, restraining the path of the counterweight.

Modern-day enthusiasts have varied the original design, especially to control the path of the counterweight.

The three chief distinguishing characteristics of a trebuchet are:

~ A ) The machine is powered exclusively by gravity; most often directly by means of a counterweight, though sometimes indirectly (such as in a traction trebuchet).

~ B ) Such force rotates a throwing arm – usually four to six times the length of the counterweight arm – to multiply the speed of the arm and, eventually, the projectile.

~ C ) The machine utilizes a sling affixed to the end of the throwing arm, acting as a secondary fulcrum, to further multiply the speed of the projectile.” – wikipedia.

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