DYNAMIC INTERACTIONS AND OPTIMAL DESIGN OF PRT VEHICLES ON ELEVATED GUIDEWAYS

The report presents research completed on optimum (minimum cost) design of PRT vehicle guideway systems; analysis of periodic motions of PRT vehicles over straight flexible guideways; and continued investigations of vehicle motions over curved elastic guideways. These three areas represent essential ingredients of a mathematical study of the performance of candidate vehicle/guideway designs. The dynamics of PRT vehicles over flexible curved guideways have been investigated with the primary objective being to establish a computationally efficient method for studying this problem. A computer algorithm has been developed and tested in order to optimize its computational efficiency. The algorithm will be used to construct a test track which is made up of straight-transition-curved-transition-straight guideway segments. Candidate vehicle/guideway designs determined by the optimization algorithm will then be proof tested on this curved track in order to verify the fidelity of the system design.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Los Angeles

    School of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90024

    Department of Transportation

    Office of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Likins, P W
    • Nelson, R B
    • Mingori, D L
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00151199
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/TST-77/15 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-40080
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1982 12:00AM