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The roller coaster

A design challenge combining excitement and rigour

Futurities Year 20 n°4
By Livio Furlan – EnginSoft
The roller coaster -  A design challenge combining excitement and rigour
The roller coaster - A design challenge combining excitement and rigour


Roller coasters are thrilling amusement park attractions that have been enjoyed by people of all ages for over a century. The design and simulation of roller coasters have evolved significantly over the years, with the incorporation of advanced technologies and computational methods.

Roller coaster design involves the creation of a complex system that ensures a smooth, safe, and exciting ride experience for passengers.
It requires careful consideration of various factors such as speed, acceleration, force, and terrain.

The design process typically begins with a concept or theme, followed by sketching and prototyping, and finally, the construction of a full-scale model. Simulation plays a crucial role in the design process, allowing designers to test and optimize their designs before building a physical prototype.
Simulation software enables designers to model the behavior of a roller coaster in a virtual environment, taking into account various factors such as gravity, friction, and air resistance.

This allows designers to iterate and refine their designs quickly and efficiently, reducing the need for physical prototypes and minimizing the risk of errors.

A fascinating tour of the origin, history, and evolution of roller coasters from their earliest prototypes in Russia in the 16th century on the banks of the Neva River of St. Petersburg, till the exploration of how numerical simulation of roller coasters works to ensure their success both as entertainment and from a safety perspective for users and operators.

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