DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT AND TEST OF A WAYSIDE POWER DISTRIBUTION AND COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR THE TRACKED LEVITATED RESEARCH VEHICLE

This document presents test activity description and results of the wayside power distribution and collection system designed for the TLRV, a high-speed ground transportation vehicle. The system was assembled at the U.S. Navy testing grounds, China Lake, California to prove the design concept and feasibility of transferring high-electrical power between rail and collector brushes at elevated speeds while subjected to prevailing environmental conditions. With minor modifications, the initial design conformed to specified requirements up to speeds in excess of 300 mph. Analysis of the rail configuration and test results indicated that distance between the wayside rail supports could be doubled (25 ft) lessening by half the number of supports required to maintain the rail's alignment integrity at design speeds. Installation of the wayside rail system at HSGTC, Pueblo, Colorado will be constructed using the 25 ft span configuration.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document was prepared for the Office of High Speed Ground Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, DOT.
  • Corporate Authors:

    AiResearch Manufacturing Company

    2525 West 190th Street
    Torrance, CA  USA  90509
  • Authors:
    • Webster, J O
    • Shapiro, H
    • GUENTHER, C
    • Kalman, G
    • Clemence, J
    • Mitchel, S
  • Publication Date: 1974-4-15

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 200 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD&D74-25 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-10002, DOT-FR-30036
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1976 12:00AM