The development of a new roller coaster track is affected by a number of factors such as:
- location of the structure
- availability of space
- type of roller coaster
- interference/interaction with other facilities and attractions which is of particular importance in countries where roller coasters are installed in small playgrounds or malls
Engineers will normally need to evaluate a number of different designs, only one of which will result in the final construction configuration. This is why numerical simulation plays an indispensible role in roller coaster design.
With over 20 years of experience in the design and structural verification of roller coasters, at EnginSoft we work closely with our customers to help them improve their design and verification procedures. As an example we have jointly developed an integrated CAD-CAE procedure, which allows engineers to efficiently create a virtual roller coaster prototype, for one of our long time customers Ride Tek Engineering. With this tailor-made procedure the customer is able to generate prototypes of tracks within an integrated 3D CAD-CAE environment, providing immediate assessment of its consequences on cars or users in terms of longitudinal, transverse and normal accelerations. For example, the procedure allows them to adjust the banking angle to mitigate effects on passengers or to improve constructability related to industrial calendering operations.