A SURVEY OF PROPULSION SYSTEMS FOR HIGH CAPACITY PERSONAL RAPID TRANSIT

The high-capacity personal rapid transit (HCPRT) system must operate with very short headways. To achieve safe operation at these headways, the propulsion system should meet certain unconventional requirements. They include reversible thrust capabilities, short response time, and peak thrust exceeding three times nominal thrust. These requirements were determined by analysis, computer simulations, and data provided by DOT/TSC. Five propulsion systems capable of meeting these requirements have been surveyed in this report. As background to the survey, several vehicle resistance curves were calculated for a baseline vehicle with assumed dimensions and weight. Four types of vehicle suspension methods were considered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Kusko (Alexander) Incorporated

    161 Highland Avenue
    Needham Heights, MA  USA  02194

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142
  • Authors:
    • Knutrud, T
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 110 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00133167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0048-75-2Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-203, DOT-TSC-965
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1982 12:00AM