Mangonel Research Paper

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The Mangonel consists of a long wooden arm made from timber with a bucket and rope attached to the end. The ropes are made from twisted human hair and animal sinew. The arm is then pulled back which builds up the tension in the rope and the arm. Then the bucket would be loaded with the projectile/payload that would be launched. Upon release, the arm rotates at a high speed and throws the projectile at the target. The lever/arm rotates around the fulcrum (or the pivot point). This machine converts potential energy into kinetic energy. The Mangonel has the capability of firing projectiles up to 400 metres. This catapult is best suited for launching projectiles at lower angles to the horizontal, which was useful for destroying walls.

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