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American Death Triangle is a Myth

If a span is 180 degrees it has infinite force on it. Even zipline and electric wires have sag in them. So 170 degrees is 5x the force as what is applied in the middle. I thought an American Death Triangle put magical amounts of forces on the bolts and anchor material since the top line is 180 degrees. Come to find out it is not that bad. If you want to read about the math, check out


At 60 degrees (equilateral triangle) and 40 degrees we had about 70% of force on the bolts than the master point. As wide as we could go created 150% of the master point's force. The top of the ADT was never more than 50% of the master point!!! Angles of the legs mattered a lot! See time stamps for each set of tests. Too much and too complicated to write everything down here. Please build your anchors properly with acute angles!

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