Medieval Myth Busting with Engineering Simulation

As an avid of fan of HBO’s uber-popular medieval fantasy series Game
of Thrones, I’ve often been curious about the feasibility of the
weaponry we see in the show’s epic battle scenes. I took a particular
interest in the massive trebuchets, a fancy name for a catapult, used in
many of the show’s siege battles. This powerful catapult uses a
swinging arm and counterweight to hurl projectiles over and through
fortified castle walls and at battalions of oncoming soldiers. Of
course, only an engineer like me would be able to suspend their
disbelief for dragons and ice zombies while obsessing over the
plausibility of a trebuchet But still I wondered, would the
computer-generated mechanisms depicted on screen stand up to the laws of
physics?

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