•  cny_chris
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:01:50 PM
I was pleasantly surprised to see some nice photos and a technical article about the Singapore Flyer wheel in the October 2009 issue of Civil Engineering magazine. Figured some here might be interested in reading the article and/or seeing the photos.

Several photos on this page: 

Article link (PDF): 

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warren from orlando
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:51:12 PM
Thank you! Fascinating article and a beautiful piece of machinery. I do find the London Eye sleeker and more attractive, this huge thing is amazing. Perhaps someone can confirm for me that the original Ferris wheel was also a cable stayed tension wheel?

  •  flamo
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:33:03 PM
Is this what you were looking for 
I'm there, Old, Tired, Broke and Henpecked
warren from orlando
Thursday, October 22, 2009 6:00:10 PM
Thanks for the article. While the text does not specifically refer to a cable stayed tension wheel, the illustrations clearly show this was the case. It is amazing how much basic technology has progressed from this wheel to the amazing structures of the Londo Eye and the Singapore Flyer. While I dont think this technology would ever work in a truly portable version, it does allow for some huge structures in permanent locations in which a completely rigid frame would become so massive it would be borderline to be built. I wonder now how long it will be before carbon fiber composites begin showing up in ride design and engineering?