NONSTOP CONSTANT SPEED TRANSPORTATION

TWO TYPES OF TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS THAT WILL PROVIDE NONSTOP CONSTANT SPEED TRANSPORTATION ARE DISCUSSED. ONE IS A SYSTEM UTILIZING RELATIVELY SMALL INDEPENDENT VEHICLES. THE OTHER IS A TRAIN TYPE SYSTEM. BOTH SYSTEMS ARE AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLED RAIL TYPE SYSTEMS UTILIZING A PAIR OF PARALLEL TRACKS. THE SYSTEMS ARE SUITABLE FOR INTERCITY TRANSPORTATION AND FOR METROPOLITAN RAPID TRANSIT APPLICATIONS. A MINIMUM TIME TRIP FOR ANY GIVEN CRUISING SPEED IS ACHIEVED BY EXPLOITING A LIFT-OFF SWITCHING CONCEPT. THIS PRINCIPLE RESULTS IN A VEHICLE AND TRACK SYSTEM THAT PERMITS ENTRANCE TO, PASSAGE THROUGH, OR EXIT FROM ANY STATION AT FULL CRUISING SPEED, WITHOUT ALTERING THE TRACK CONFIGURATION AND WITHOUT AFFECTING OTHER VEHICLES OPERATING IN THE SYSTEM. FROM THE BOARDING STATION, AFTER ACCELERATION TO CRUISING SPEED, EACH PASSENGER TRAVELS AT A CONSTANT SPEED UNTIL THE DECELERATION AND STOP AT HIS DESTINATION. BOTH SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN ASSUMED TO UTILIZE CONVENTIONAL RAILS AND FLANGED WHEELS. NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT MIGHT INCLUDE ADVANCED WHEEL AND TRACK DESIGNS SUCH AS RUBBER OR PNEUMATIC TIRES WITH SUITABLE PROVISION FOR LATERAL GUIDANCE, AIR PAD, MAGNETIC, OR OTHER LOW FRICTION SUPPORTS, AND LINEAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION OR OTHER DRIVING MEANS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 2, No 1, PP 181-204, 14 FIG
  • Authors:
    • Larson, V H
  • Publication Date: 1968-1

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  • Accession Number: 00240976
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 1994 12:00AM