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I think someone with a specialty in roller coasters should be doing that work. Like others have said, it's not something you want to be attempting without someone with experience closely guiding you along.

If you need an engineer to consult with, contact Jeppe Larsen with Middlebrook + Louie in San Francisco.    Super nice guy and brilliant too, has probably done over 100 roller coaster designs.


On 5/11/07, JC Wish L <jcwish00(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Thanks Gerard,
I am designing the support structure (I mean frame supporting the rooler coaster).
I need to know its loading behaviour, and how to get the value of those loads.
Any idea or refferences? TIA
Best Regards

On 5/11/07, Gerard Madden, SE <gmse4603(--nospam--at) > wrote:
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