Werner Stengel (born 22 August 1936 in Bochum) is a German roller coaster designer and engineer. Stengel is the founder of Stengel Engineering, also known as Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmbH (or Ingenieur Buero Stengel GmbH).
|Born||22 August 1936|
|Other names||Ingenieur Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Occupation||Roller coaster designer|
|Known for||Multiple roller coaster manufacturers|
Stengel first worked on amusement park rides in collaboration with Anton Schwarzkopf in 1963. He established his own company, Stengel Engineering, in 1965. His collaboration with Schwarzkopf was responsible for many innovations in roller coaster design, including in 1976 the first modern "vertical" looping coaster, Revolution, at Six Flags Magic Mountain. (Arrow Dynamics had debuted the first modern "corkscrew" loop a year earlier at Knott's Berry Farm). His clothoid loop is now standard on many roller coasters, as it produces less intense forces on the human body than a circular vertical loop. In 1976 Stengel and Schwarzkopf established the first horizontal launch "Shuttle Loop". He is notable for being a pioneer in heartlining, the principle of having the track twist and rotate around the rider's heart line, rather than the track rotating around its own center.
Since Schwarzkopf's retirement, Stengel has worked on most of the world's record-breaking roller coasters, including Son of Beast, Millennium Force, Superman The Ride, Top Thrill Dragster, Kingda Ka, Dollywood's Mystery Mine, El Toro, Maverick and many others. Seventy-two percent of the attractions on the 2004 Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards list of the world's top fifty steel roller coasters were designed by Stengel Engineering.
Stengel received an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University in 2005 for "inexhaustible creativity in linking physics and design to the experience of the body in roller coasters and other rides," among the most highly regarded of which is Lisebergbanan at Liseberg park in Gothenburg, Sweden.
He is semi-retired and serves as a consultant to the amusement park ride industry.
- "Roller coaster constructor Werner Stengel receives honorary doctorate at Göteborg University". www.science.gu.se. June 15, 2005. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
- "Ingenieurbuero Stengel". www.rcstengel.com. Retrieved 2016-06-03.