Telemetry system for monitoring stress and vibrations on amusement park rides

Anthony Collett, Tiffany Ma, Zane Craddock, Gerardo Garcia, Charles George, Michael Marcellin

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Abstract

On amusement park rides, vibrations against the rails of the track and the cars' wheels can strain and damage the track. This is especially true for older coasters, whose tracks have worn significantly over time. While manual inspection of the track is necessary, an automated system that monitors the stress on the track will help detect anomalies, ensuring a safe experience for the passengers. We have designed a system of sensors that can monitor these vibrations. Sensors placed on a segment of track will measure the lateral and vertical vibrations, wirelessly transmitting the level of strain on the track to a base station. If vibrations reach a threshold level, the base station will be alerted of excessive strain. The system will create a graph of points where vibration is worse than other points, to pinpoint what areas need to be fixed the most. This will decrease maintenance costs and ensure increased safety for patrons of these rides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication55th Annual International Telemetering Conference, ITC 2019
Subtitle of host publicationCultivating the Next Generation of Range Engineers
PublisherInternational Foundation for Telemetering
Pages365-371
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781713801887
StatePublished - 2019
Event55th Annual International Telemetering Conference: Cultivating the Next Generation of Range Engineers, ITC 2019 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2019Oct 24 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Telemetering Conference
Volume55
ISSN (Print)0884-5123

Conference

Conference55th Annual International Telemetering Conference: Cultivating the Next Generation of Range Engineers, ITC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period10/21/1910/24/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Instrumentation

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    Collett, A., Ma, T., Craddock, Z., Garcia, G., George, C., & Marcellin, M. (2019). Telemetry system for monitoring stress and vibrations on amusement park rides. In 55th Annual International Telemetering Conference, ITC 2019: Cultivating the Next Generation of Range Engineers (pp. 365-371). (Proceedings of the International Telemetering Conference; Vol. 55). International Foundation for Telemetering.