War, a social and political problem, has existed for the longest time with guesses going back to the time man started living in communities. This only means that weapons have also existed that long. Even though much has changed over the years, certain weapons are worth mentioning even today.
One such is a powerful siege weapon dated in the middle ages known as the Trabucos. This weapon was used to shoot fireballs into the territories of the enemies or break down the walls of those they targeted. This was considered a balancing weapon since other types of weapons also existed. This name is also used in Brazil to refer to high caliber old manufactured shotguns and revolvers.
The weapon first originated from China during the crusaders period on youtube.com. Europeans who considered it an effective tool for their fights mainly preferred it. Its invention was in 400BC, but it found its way in Europe in early 600BC according to infoescola.com. It was however used only as long as before gunpowder invention. The moment the gunpowder came into existence the Trabucos was abandoned.
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Currently, Trabuco is not used as a weapon but rather works as a fun way to teach principles in mechanics. In the event that it is used as a weapon, it is in a museum where it is stored for purposes of explaining how useful it was during the middle ages where it was crucial in conquering communities back then. It was significant in most of the historical processes that took place.
Trabuco works in the sense that it converts potential energy from the string to kinetic energy that in turn powers the weapon. This weapon comprises of five basic parts namely the sling, beam frame, guide chute, and counterweight. The weapon does not convert all its potential energy into power, as some of it is lost as friction. The counterweight is directly proportional to the power and projectile velocity. The working of the Trabucos is directly linked to how all these parts operate and synchronize. This explains why most teachers prefer using this tool as their reference when teaching principles in mechanics.
Learn more about Trabuco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDAwt3JfWwY