Mixing rods on B series
Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:36 AM
I just received the B vented; I owne a Rev 1.5 SUL, too.
So now I have 2,3,4 wraps.
On the dvd Barresi tells I can mix the rods; ex: 4 center, 3 tips, 2 vertical, and other mixing.
The question is: when put more strenght on the LE (center and/or tip) and/or when on the vertical rods?
Is there a general concept I can consider, to make my first experiments?
Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:05 AM
Mixing rods is more for varying wind conditions. Remember witch rods undergo the most stress. The center LE spar experiences the most, then the other LE rods, then the down spars.
Using this, you can set up the kite to where it will fly well in lower winds, yet also be able to fly without too much stress in heavier winds.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:55 PM
As for the additional leading edge, it's safe to assume that if you're considering doing this, you've already put in the strongest frame that comes with the kite (both LE and verticals), then the 2nd strongest LE spars are added to those... This is the basic and most practical way to do this.
"Hybrid framing" with medium strength tips, strong center, light verticals, this is really a concept more for play and experimentation than anything else, and generally when wind is VERY inconsistant... Just experiment carefully, and thoughtfully... Revs are quite personal, you'll find your own preferences I'm sure.
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