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Coasters-101: How Launch Coasters Store Energy

In this edition of Coasters-101 we’re going to examine how launch coasters store their energy. Launched coasters are becoming more and more common. Even wood coasters are getting in on the game. Launch systems, from electromagnets, pneumatics, hydraulics,and friction wheels,...

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Roller Coaster Wheel Material Science with Kate Kujawa

The ideal roller coaster experience is super-fast, super smooth and gets the rider’s adrenaline pumping. The roller coaster needs to be aerodynamic, durable, capable of holding a large load and pass all safety regulations.  One important factor taken into consideration...

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Coasters-101: Why are roller coasters removed?

Roller coasters are multi-million dollar investments that amusement parks spend countless dollars and time in designing, building, and maintaining. But lately it seems like we’ve seen more roller coasters and classic thrill rides closed and dismantled than ever before. Why...

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Cedar Point Coaster Tech Videos

Design World has been posting a series of videos showcasing how some of the mega roller coasters and thrill rides at Cedar Point operate. In the first video, Monty Jasper, corporate vice president of safety and engineering for Cedar Fair,...

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Coasters-101: Why do roller coasters “sway”?

Every so often you’ll see a video uploaded online of a roller coaster’s track visibly moving or “swaying” as a train races over it. This swaying movement is very startling to those who have never seen it before, especially in...