Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.


Mechanical systems have often been used for amusement park rides. Whether it is a roller coaster of as simple as a teeter-totter, each device is composed of mechanical systems to create an enjoyable ride. The intention of this project was to design, test, and manufacture an eye catching, human-powered, kinematic amusement ride. The motion of this ride incorporates coupler curves. This device is intended for fundraising events; therefore it is designed for easy assembly and disassembly, and for compact storage. To increase effective portability and reduce energy consumption, the device was designed to be human powered. The design was done with modeling using computer software, interpreting the results of material cost benefit analysis, custom part machining, and stress calculations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering