Ratchet Effect


Please try switching to IE 11 (Windows) or Safari (Mac), for no other browser nowadays runs Java applets. If asked whether to allow the applet to load, click Yes - the applet is signed with a security certificate from a trusted company.

ratchet effect


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The applet above offers a simulation of the ratchet effect. Two stair like plates move alongside each other ultimately downwards. However, while one of them slides down uniformly, the other one staggers up and down, with the cumulative motion still being downwards. The two create a curious ratchet effect: they cooperate to move an object upwards.

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