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Coasters-101: Lift Hills

How do roller coasters reach their highest point? The chain lift is the traditional method of pulling a coaster car to the top of the tallest hill. A catch on the bottom of the train, called a “chain dog”, engages...

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Coasters-101: Wheel Design

A typical wheel used on a roller coaster is constructed by taking an aluminum hub and bonding a polyurethane tire to the hub’s outside diameter. This entire “wheel assembly” is then connected to the axle through a bearing. There are...

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Coasters-101: Foundations

Welcome to another addition of Coasters-101. Today we’re going to discuss one of the most important and perhaps most overlooked components of a roller coaster-the foundations! It’s an exciting time when you go to your nearest amusement park and see...

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Coasters101: Curves and Banking

Welcome to another session of Coasters101! Today, we’re going to continue looking at some of the math and engineering that goes into designing a roller coaster. Earlier, we looked at some physics calculations in regard to the lift hill and...

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Coasters101: Coaster Physics Calculations

Welcome to another session of Coasters101! Have you always wondered what type of  calculations and mathematics engineers must do to design a roller coaster? Today, we are going to talk about the physics of roller coasters and run a few...