OC: Amusing Ourselves Safely

This course outlines the role of engineers in safeguarding the public, focusing on the techniques and designs used to ensure the safety of what appears frivolous – amusement park rides and toys – in order to highlight the importance of incorporating safety into design. It looks at essential design principles used to create the world's greatest roller coasters using the ASTM Standard F2291 Standard Practices for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices. It then turns to toys, detailing the revolutionary design of several classic toys; discussing how the ASTM Standard F1148 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specifications for Home Playground Equipment applies to designing a safe platform for children's equipment; and studying ASTM F963 Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Toy Safety to show how to design toys for stability.