CRASHWORTHINESS FOR HIGH-CAPACITY PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT VEHICLES

This study is concerned with the design of crashworthy vehicles for high-capacity personal rapid transit (PRT) systems. PRT systems offer on-demand, non-stop service from origin to destination over an extensive network of exclusive guideways. Proposed high-capacity PRT systems operate at fractional second headways. The necessity for such short headway operation has resulted in concern for passenger safety in high-capacity PRT. This study is undertaken to establish guidelines for the design of PRT vehicles in which passengers would not be seriously injured even under the conditions of a worst case collision. It is established that even in the case of a collision with a fixed unyielding barrier, adequate passenger protection can be obtained using existing technology provided impact velocities do not exceed 30 to 40 m.p.h. /UMTA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Minneapolis, MN  USA  55455
  • Authors:
    • Gerrard, W L
    • Caudill, R J
    • Rushfeldt, T R
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 121 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MN-11-0037-74-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1982 12:00AM