SCHERER MONOBEAM SUSPENSION CONCEPT OF MASS TRANSPORTATION

THE MONOBEAM WAS DESIGNED IN AN EFFORT TO ELIMINATE THE UNDESIRABLE FEATURES OF CONVENTIONAL MONORAILS SUCH AS UNCOMFORTABLE RIDE, CAR SWAYING, HIGH NOISE PRODUCTION, AERODYNAMIC BUFFETING OF CARS PASSING FIXED STRUCTURES, AND PROBITIVE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE. IT EMPLOYS A SINGLE TRACK STRUCTURE FROM WHICH VEHICLES ARE SUSPENDED ON BOTH SIDES TO PERMIT SIMULATENOUS LINEAR TRAVEL IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS. THE UNIQUE FEATURE OF THE CONCEPT IS THE POSITIONING OF THE RAILS IN A VERTICAL RATHER THAN A HORIZONTAL PLANE WHICH RELOCATES THE CENTER OF GRAVITY TO HELP CONTROL OSCILLATION, WEAVING, AND SWAYING OF THE CARS. PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS OF THE MONOBEAM SYSTEM ARE DESCRIBED BOTH AS THEY RELATE TO RAPID TRANSIT AND TO APPLICATION WITHIN A CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. THE SUSPENSION STRUCTURE, RAILS, CARS, PROPULSION UNIT, SWITCHING CAPABILITY, AND OTHER FEATURES ARE EXAMINED IN DETAIL. TEXTUAL MATERIAL IS SUPPLEMENTED WITH COMPREHENSIVE STATISTICAL DATA AND GRAPHIC DISPLAYS. PRELIMINARY COST ESTIMATES ARE INCLUDED FOR BOTH STRUCTURES AND ROLLING STOCK BASED ON ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS. COSTS OF A PROPOSED SCHERER MONOBEAM PROTOTYPE AND 2-MILE DEMONSTRATION FACILITY ARE OUTLINED. APPENDED MATERIAL CONSISTS OF ARTISTS' CONCEPTIONS OF THE SYSTEM, STATIONS, AND VEHICLE INTERIORS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TRD-43
  • Corporate Authors:

    Scherer Monobeam Co

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  • Publication Date: 1970-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241926
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1982 12:00AM