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Filling kites with Helium?

Postby MeafordBoarder » Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:39 am

Got the idea today to fill kites with helium, thinking that it might offer a performance increase...

Anyone ever tried it?
Think it would increase performance?

It definetly wouldnt work for regular use (carrying a large tank of He everywhere and having to get it filled at a special place is too much work)

But just for the sake of curiosity I am wondering
Sorry if its a stupid idea, but it seemed decent at the time...

PS, My writing arm is in a cast so sorry about the grammar, and I'm jacked up on painkillers too, so maybe that explains the weird ideas :lol:

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Postby laz » Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:44 am

when helium is compressed in the leading edge i dont think it will float, if it wasnt compressed it might be cool but then the kite would tie in knots.

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Postby abowman » Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:46 am

try a quick search through the archives... it's come up..

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Postby klimber » Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:48 am

to be afraid to ask...

everyone has thought of it and someone brings this up at least once a year

but I am guessing the biggest reason would be that kites are designed to use air and the existing kites would not fly correctly if helium was used. A kite would have to be specifically designed to be used with helium...balance, weight distribution, etc

but alas , I'm a flyer not a designer

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Postby Manuel Medina » Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:05 am

wow... a classic post... a haven't seen it for a while until now .. hahaha

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Postby munteruk » Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:21 am

Leakage of the molecules is an issue. Its hard to keep small molecules from leaking out.

This topic has been discussed before though so the details will be in an older thread.

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Postby Safe_Cracker » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:24 am

I can see leakage in a rubber balloon but in a plastic bladder? Rubber is semi permiable, don't think the bladders would be but it woud effect the way it flies especially when diving throught the window, JMHO>..Polo.. :)

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Postby tungsten222 » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:29 am

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Postby Da Yoda » Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:18 am

Helium would only save you a nominal amount of weight... nothing noticable and not worth the cost!

Some road bicycle teams have used Helium in their tires to help reduce rotational weight on spinning wheels, but it doesn't help reduce the overall weight of the bike. I think Helium also has some added resistance to heat expansion over air, which could lend to preventing bladders from poping on the beach from the hot sand, but don't quote me on this. :thumb:

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Postby Windrider » Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:22 am

It would make the kite sound like Donald Duck..... Embarrassing... most people decide against it..


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