The cost and performance benefits of using improved suspensions in passenger railcars are investigated. Preliminary results from the first year of a two year study are presented. The primary objective is to determine if improved vehicle suspensions can reduce overall system cost by allowing lower guideway maintenance standards. Cost determinations are limited to guideway annual maintenance and vehicle suspension installation and maintenance. In Part II, an assessment of active suspension feasibility is made which includes the preliminary design of a new low power pneumatic concept. A preliminary suspension/guideway maintenance cost tradeoff is described which shows that active suspensions are cost effective for low vehicle density routes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Part 1, PB-265 966.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Arizona State University, Tempe

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Tempe, AZ  United States  85281

    Department of Transportation

    Office of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Klinger, D L
    • Cooperrider, N K
    • Hedrick, J Karl
    • White, R C
    • Calzado, A
  • Publication Date: 1976-7-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 82 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00154842
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/TST-76/95-2 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-50107
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 22 1981 12:00AM