STABILITY ANALYSIS OF CONSTANT SPEED TRANSIT VEHICLES ON STRAIGHT, HORIZONTAL, FIXED GUIDEWAYS

Methods of motion stability analysis are examined and compared in the context of the problem posed by a simple idealization of a transit vehicle moving at constant speed on a straight, horizontal, fixed guideway, supported by idealized rubber tires, air cushion pads, or semiconical steel wheels on steel rails. Stability analysis methods examined include Lyapunov analysis with the Hamiltonian and with a modified Hamiltonian proposed by Walker, and analysis of characteristic equations using theorems due to Routh, Hurwiz, Cronin, and Lienard and Chipart. It is concluded that for rubber-tired and aircushioned vehicles a Lyapumov analysis employing the Hamiltonian is most efficient, and for the tracked vehicle the criteria of Lienard and Chipart are most useful.

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    Swets and Zeitlinger BV

    3476 Heerweg, Publications Department
    Lisse,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Olusola, O B
    • Likins, P W
  • Publication Date: 1975-12

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 223-248
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  • Accession Number: 00135164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-031-3-693
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM