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Development and Application of a Combined Imaging and Modeling Technique for Determining Biomechanical Response of Roller Coaster Passengers

[+] Author Affiliations
Richard Morency, Glen A. Livesay, Eric A. Nauman

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Paper No. IMECE2002-32472, pp. 55-56; 2 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2002-32472
From:
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advances in Bioengineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3650-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME

abstract

Roller Coasters are one of the most popular amusement devices in use throughout the world. In their most basic form, roller coasters consist of a track system in which a car or train rolls under the force of gravity. The major design constraints of roller coasters are determined by the level of force and acceleration that the human body can safely withstand. These forces are commonly measured in multiples of the Earth’s gravitational acceleration, and are termed “G” forces.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME

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