New York Wheel

Project Overview:
Develop the passenger capsule for the New York Observation Wheel on Staten Island

New York Wheel, LLC

Services Performed:
Provided the structural analysis of the 40-passenger capsule of the 630-foot New York Wheel.

Structural Analysis:

  • Created detailed Finite Element (FE) Model of passenger capsule structure
  • Analyzed of hundreds of load cases including combinations of dead, live, ice, earthquake, extreme wind and temperature profile
  • Provided detailed analysis of the Static and Rotating Rings, Spine, Floor Structures and Firewall, Boarding Step, Window Glazing Frames, Mechanical Closeout, and Roof Panel
  • Performed deflection studies of the bearings
  • Provided detailed analysis of the glass windows to meet difficult manufacturing demands
  • Analyzed the emergency evacuation pole structure and attachments
  • Performed a buckling analysis to identify structural instabilities
  • Provided system stiffness matrices and connection loads at various points throughout the structure
  • Supported various design changes specified by the NY Wheel Team
  • Provided final reports to and reviewed all drawings for the NY Wheel Team
  • Participated in weekly teleconferences and on-site support as necessary at the NY Wheel Team office in New York, NY

Please see the New York Wheel website for more information and videos: