THE VARO MONOCAB TRANSIT SYSTEM; TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE BASELINE DEFINITION

THE VARO MONOCAB SYSTEM, WHICH IS DESIGNED AS A CIRCULATION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (TYPICALLY DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE UNIQUE DOOR-TO-DOOR PATTERNS IN HIGHDENSITY URBAN AREAS LIKE BUSINESS DISTRICTS AND UNIVERSITIES), CONSISTS OF SMALL ELECTRICALLY-POWERED VEHICLES SUSPENDED FROM AN INVERTED U-SHAPED MONORAIL AND RUNNING ON RUBBER WHEELS. THE GUIDEWAY IS SUPPORTED AT 60-FOOT INTERVALS BY STEEL COLUMNS WITH SECTIONS OF STEEL CABLE PROVIDING A "SPRING SUSPENSION" FOR THE GUIDEWAY ALONG HIGH-SPEED SECTIONS. THE PRIMARY TECHNICAL PROBLEMS CONCERN THE CONTROL SYSTEM, THE VEHICLE-GUIDEWAY DYNAMICS IN THE HIGH-SPEED SECTIONS OF THE GUIDEWAY, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ON-BOARD SWITCHING EQUIPMENT.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Tpr 009, 45 PP, 15 FIG, 3 TAB, 4 REF, 1 APP
  • Corporate Authors:

    Johns Hopkins University, Laurel

    Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road
    Laurel, MD  USA  20723-6099
  • Authors:
    • HINMAN, E J
    • Wildes, J M
  • Publication Date: 1970-6

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  • Accession Number: 00241401
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 1970 12:00AM