THE APPLICATION OF RELIABILITY THEORY AND CONTROL THEORY TO AUTOMATIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

This paper presents the principles of a safety system designed in a German Government project, the so called "Guided high speed ground transport system" (Hochleistungsschnell-bahn). The authors criticise the safety systems applied to conventional railways, and suggest, on the basis of the reliability and control theories, to find an absolute measure of traffic safety. The concept would be based on Boolean algebra, on the simulation of a "phantom train" which would maintain distance between trains and on speed control according to the location of a train in relation to the "phantom train". Its structure would comprise two distinct functions: a safety function, including a few simple fail safe devices; a control function acting according to procedures established by the safety function.

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 429-439

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  • Accession Number: 00099763
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Railway Documentation, Selection of
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM