Periodic motions of vehicles on flexible guideways are explored as candidate "test" motions for optimization studies where it is necessary to compare large numbers of designs under equivalent conditions. Exact and approximate methods are developed for identifying initial conditions that lead to periodic motions of single vehicles or many equally spaced vehicles. Using exact equations, fundamental questions regarding the nature of these motions are addressed (existence, uniqueness, stability, etc.). Approximate equations are developed to reduce the computational burden of examining large numbers of designs. It is shown that the assumptions inherent in the approximate equations are valid provided that vertical accelerations of the vehicles are sufficiently small.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    345 East 47th Street, United Engineering Center
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Authors:
    • Doran, A L
    • Mingori, D L
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

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  • Accession Number: 00174191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Series G
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM