A PRELIMINARY DESIGN STUDY OF A TRACKED AIR CUSHION RESEARCH VEHICLE. VOLUME I: GENERAL REPORT

The first part of this study compares different configurations of high speed air cushion vehicles and guideways. Economical and functional comparisons of the guideway functional cross section favor the double 'L' and inverted 'T'. A comparison of 3 types of suspensions points to the suspended lip as the most suitable design to achieve the comfort requirement, since it allows a simple means of activation. A comparison of different means of propulsion focuses on aerodynamic propulsion with a by-pass ratio of 5 combined with a propulsive exhaust into the track gap. The second part of this study aims at describing a vehicle and track to perform a test program. A common vehicle frame equipped with a fan jet can accommodate the existing linear induction motor. Tests of the most interesting track form and structure, tests of all suspensions and trials of alternate means of aerodynamic propulsion with their noise attenuation systems can be performed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-183 320.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Aeroglide Systems, Incorporated

    New York, NY  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Giraud, F L
  • Publication Date: 1969-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 262 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00039133
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: DT-7-35337
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 24 1972 12:00AM