Safety of High Speed Ground Transportation Systems: Technical Descriptions of Advanced Braking Concepts for High Speed Ground Transportation

The objective of this study is to develop qualitative and quantitative information on the various braking strategies used in high-speed ground transportation systems in support of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The approach employed in this study is composed of two steps: first, build a technical understanding of the various braking strategies, and second, perform a safety analysis for each system. The systems considered in this study include seven operating high-speed rail transportation systems and three existing magnetic levitation systems. The principal technique used in the system safety analysis is Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), an inductive approach to identifying system failure modes that depends on a thorough understanding of the system design and operation. Key elements derived from the system safety analysis are the fault-tolerant and fail-safe characteristics of the braking system. This project memorandum contains proprietary information in both the technical descriptions and the FMEAs which does not appear in the companion volume, "Safety of High Speed Ground Transportation Systems: Safety of Advanced Braking Concepts for High Speed Ground Transportation Systems" (DOT-VNTSC-FRA-95-14; DOT/FRA/ORD-95/09.1). As such, distribution is limited as noted on the cover.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Another version of this report is available as "Safety of High Speed Ground Transportation Systems: Technical Descriptions of Advanced Braking Systems for High Speed Ground Transportation" and is available at https://www.fra.dot.gov/Elib/Document/17016. A summary of the report is available at https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/details/L18642#p1_z50_gD_lRT_y1996.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Battelle

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    Columbus, OH  United States  43201-2693

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Wagner, David P
    • Ahlbeck, Donald R
    • Luedeke, Jonathan F
    • Cook, Scott D
    • Dielman, Mark A
  • Publication Date: 1997-4

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 202p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01679500
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-VNTSC-FRA-96-6, DOT/FRA/ORD-97/05
  • Contract Numbers: RR693/R6019
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2018 12:05PM