This paper describes the dynamic considerations in the design of long span (200 to 600 feet) cable-stayed guideways for tracked air cushion vehicles (TACV's). A design approach is described in which a cable-stayed guideway structure can be synthesized to simulate the behavior of a beam on elastic foundation. This result is achieved by the "cable'tuning" approach, in which the cable stays are selected to achieve an equivalent uniform elastic foundation. A tower configuration is then selected to minimize the effect of tower structural compliance, relative to the vertical deviation of the vehicle as it traverses the span. Therefore, the live load deflection of the trackway structure is manifested as a traveling wave which moves horizontally at the same speed as the vehicle. This approach satisfies the dynamic requirements for acceptable passenger ride comfort and minimal vehicle/guideway dynamic interaction.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Winter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Nov. 11-15, 1973, sponsored by the Applied Mechanics Division and the Automatic Controls Division. Papers presented at this meeting are compiled in "Surveys of Research in Transportation Technology", AMD-Vol. 5.
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    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Weidlinger, P
    • Meisenholder, S G
  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Accession Number: 00057159
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1974 12:00AM