Roller Coasters and Their Theory

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2010
NAME: CAROLENA SEEREERAM
DINESH TEELUCKSINGH
DEVIANN SINGH
VINCENT BAHADUR
KERLON MOORE

INSTRUCTOR: MR. RISHI RAMPERSAD

COURSE: ENGINEERING SCIENCE

COURSE: ENGINEERING SCIENCE

CLASS: COMPUTER ENGINEERING (YEAR 1)

INSTRUCTOR: RISHI RAMPERSAD

GROUP MEMBERS: CAROLENA SEEREERAM
DINESH TEELUCKSINGH
DEVIANN SINGH
VINCENT BAHADUR
KERLON MOORE

ABSTRACT

A roller coaster is an amusement park ride where passengers sit in a series of wheeled cars that are linked together. The cars move along a pair of rails supported by a wood or steel structure. In operation, the cars are carried up a steep incline by a linked chain. When the cars reach the top of the incline, they roll free of the chain and are propelled downward due to gravity through a series of drops, rises, and turns. Finally the cars are braked to a stop at the starting point, where the passengers get out and new passengers get on. Roller coasters are considered by many to be the most exciting ride in any amusement park.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Task Pages

Abstract 3

Introduction 5

Objectives & Methodology6

Background Information

* Design of a Roller Coaster 7-13
* Working of a Roller Coaster 14-15
* Energy Transformations 16

Methodology 17

Main Body 18

* Brief History of Roller a Coaster
* Types of Roller Coasters

Reference and Appendix 19

INTRODUCTION

This project is based on the operations and the energy conversions of a roller coaster and it is designed to make an understanding of how a roller coaster works. A roller coaster ride is a thrilling experience which involves a wealth of physics. Part of the physics of a roller coaster is the physics of work and energy. The ride often begins as a chain and motor, or other mechanical device which exerts a force on the train of cars to lift the train to the top of track. Once the cars are lifted to the top of the track, gravity takes over and the remainder of the ride is an experience in energy transformation.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this project include:

1) Describing the equipment design and operation of Roller Coasters. 2) Investigating the sources of energy and stating whether the energy is harnessed naturally or if it is renewable. 3) Energy conversion and the losses incurred during the conversion process. 4) Identifying the environmental impacts of using such energy.

Methodology
Different data collection methods were used to collect information of the roller coaster. The most used was the use of the internet. A lot of the information was gathered from different sites and was restructured in one’s own words. Also watching videos from the internet (YouTube) was widely used in gathering of the information. Another method was through reading of text books and encyclopedia based on the roller coaster and once again the information was put together in one’s own words. The following steps were taken when researching the topic. First planning was done on how to do the research and who had to do what in the research. Different members had to do different types of research. Some did through the internet and some researched by reading of text books and encyclopedia. The data was then analyze, then the study of the design of the structure of the roller coaster. Implementation of the information and restructure of the information was then carried out by all members of the group.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Design of a Roller Coaster

The design of a roller coaster ride is the first and most important part of the manufacturing process. Because each roller coaster is unique, every detail must be designed literally from the ground up. In order to design a roller coaster, designers must consider what kind of riders...
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