Analyzing the Efficiency of Roller Coaster Block Systems
What keeps roller coasters safe? Why do you so rarely ever hear about roller coaster trains colliding? The answer is simple: blocking systems. A block is a section of track only one train may occupy at one time; at the end of each block is a method of stopping and holding a train reliably should the next block not be clear. Examples of this are chain lift hills, magnetic brakes paired with drive tires, or friction brakes that clamp onto a brake fin secured to the bottom of the train. For my project, I would like to design a simple logic system that utilizes proximity sensors to prevent trains from colliding with each other. Along with the sensors, I will be using other miniature versions of common roller coaster components and design a simple track layout for the trains to follow.
Course Project 202310 ECE 420 01
Andrew Rettig, Ryan Lambdin, Ruthvik Kolli
Primary Advisor's Department
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stander Symposium, School of Engineering
Institutional Learning Goals
"Analyzing the Efficiency of Roller Coaster Block Systems" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 2894.