Requirements and Further Optimization of Low-Speed Maglev System for Application in Densely Built Urban Areas

Research on low-speed maglev technology has been conducted for more than thirty years in China. After years of efforts to bring it into operation, decision-makers of Beijing's government made up their minds to initiate the building of the S1 line at the end of last year. The feasibility study of Urban Transit Line 8, adopting this system in Shenzhen city, is also near completion. Undoubtedly, a low-speed maglev system is very promising for its lower noise, better climbing capacity and ability to negotiate smaller radius curves as compared with a wheel-rail system. However, there are still many challenges with regard to using this system in densely built urban areas due to the lack of space for system arrangement. Based on experiences from the Tobu Kyuryo low-speed line, the Shanghai high-speed maglev line and low-speed maglev test line, this work summarized problems to be solved for a low-speed maglev system to build a more "compact" system in such areas. This study was concerned with continuing system optimization -- including the selection of guideway structures, the strategy for vehicle stopping, and inspection and maintenance which determine the configuration of facilities - in order to increase the efficiency of space and land use.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 1277-1286
  • Monograph Title: CICTP 2014: Safe, Smart, and Sustainable Multimodal Transportation Systems

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  • Accession Number: 01532975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784413623
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2014 3:02PM