Rachel Edwards

Wednesday, August 15 2018 at 7:30PM

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Fargo Village,
Far Gosford Street,

Rachel Edwards

What's the talk about?

 Rollercoasters have hit the news recently, and not always for good reasons. Have you ever wondered how to design a safe but fun rollercoaster, and what's going on behind the scenes to make sure it stays as safe as possible? To start with you need to design a track which is safe for the riders by thinking about the physics of motion. Then, how do you keep it safe? One thing which goes on behind the scenes is non-destructive testing, where parts of the rollercoaster are tested regularly to make sure there are no defects. Non-destructive testing is an essential part of every day life, despite being outside of most peoples' awareness - it is used to ensure the safety of infrastructure such as pipework carrying oil and gas, the UK's rail network, and components in jet engines and aeroplanes. We will look at some recent advances in testing, and how it could be applied in theme parks.