This investigation involves the design and interpretation of laboratory-scale dynamic experiments of vehicles traversing multiple-span or cable-stayed guideways. The nondimensional responses of such systems, including critical span bending moments and vehicle heave accelerations, depend on the system parameters derived in Chapter 2. A point load 'vehicle' and two vehicles closely resembling advanced operational prototypes were designed and tested: the 150 mph Prototype Tracked Air Cushion Vehicle (PTACV), and the 300 mph Tracked Levitated Research Vehicle (TLRV). In Chapter 3, general experiments are designed, all based on these dimensionless system parameters and the capability of instrumentation and data processing minicomputers to measure and interpret response data. The remaining chapters include discussions and comparisons of response data for critical six and three-span guideway moments and for rms vehicle heave accelerations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Duke University

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Durham, NC  United States  27706

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Wilson, J F
  • Publication Date: 1976-1

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  • Pagination: 88 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00143945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/OR&D-76/259 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-4-4098
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 1 1982 12:00AM