Design of a Roller Coaster System Through Graphical Simulation

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C. A. Tenaglia, D. E. Orin

Department of Electrical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210

J. Mech. Des 121(4), 640-646 (Dec 01, 1999) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829511 History: Received February 01, 1998; Revised September 01, 1999; Online December 11, 2007


This paper presents a roller coaster system model for the purpose of developing a graphical simulation of a roller coaster system. A foundational set of track elements with constant curvature and constant bank angle is developed. For these elements, a general parameterization scheme is proposed and equations are developed to generate the spatial location of the track and train. Kinematic equations of train motion are also developed, and results are presented for a test track which features many of the elements presented in this paper. Speed and acceleration data which are generated provide important information concerning the ride performance of the roller coaster system.

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