||Collect Uniform Data with New Amusement-Industry Standard
ASTM F 2137, Standard Practice for Measuring the Dynamic Characteristics
of Amusement Rides and Devices is the first globally-developed
standard practice for acquiring and reporting amusement-related
Now, for the first time, different entities can come together
and intelligently discuss the forces and accelerations experienced
by riders of amusement rides and devices said Brian D. King,
P.E., chairman of ASTM Subcommittee F24.10 on Test Methods, which developed the new standard.
The practice also defines the specific requirements of a standardized
amusement ride characterization test for use in characterizing
the dynamic motion of an amusement ride or device.
Before this standard existed, there was no method to compare
or discuss accelerations or forces between different entities,
King said. Acceleration data could be collected in many different
ways. The type of equipment, the location of the transducers,
the signal processing and the reporting was accomplished properly,
but differently. With this standard practice, individuals and
organizations around the world can use ASTM F 2137 to collect
data in a similar manner, process the data, and compare apples
Stakeholders from Asia, Europe and North America developed the
standard, he said: The worlds experts on amusement ride design
and testing came together to prepare this standard practice to
bridge large disparities between different test methods. Now this
bridge will be used as a common denominator for discussion and
has laid the foundation for future data study and comparison.
The standard will be maintained by the subcommittee within the
guidelines of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices.
For further technical information, contact Brian D. King, PE, Recreation Engineering, Inc., Huntley, Ill. (phone: 847/669-8184).
Committee F24 meets Oct. 4-6 in Phoenix, Ariz.) For meeting or
membership information, contact Bruce Noe, manager, ASTM Technical Committees (phone: 610/832-9719). //
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