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Are you designing the pile caps or drilled pier foundations?

I used to work with an engineer who did this type of work (foundations mostly) for major amusement parks in California and Florida. I know he would receive the load at various points along the ride from the Mechanical/Coaster Engineer.

I thumbed through one of his calc books once during lunch one day and I remember there being a lot of load combinations he checked and maybe even some impact loading criteria (i.e. scaling up for safety factors). There may have been some fatigue design issues as well he considered for the baseplate connection.

Can't remember much more...sorry.


On 5/10/07, JC Wish L <jcwish00(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Dear All,
Please help.
I need some refference books about how to design a roller coaster support.
Or any suggestion?
Best Regards