Maglev crash poses ageless questions

In an accident on the Transrapid test track in Germany on 22 September 2006, a maglev vehicle travelling at 120 mph hit a maintenance vehicle on the track killing 23 people. The maglev vehicle had three sections. The maintenance vehicle weighed about 50 tonnes and had an underframe with a separate superstructure plus a platform at one end to carry equipment. The vehicle was hit from the platform end. The kinetic energy of the three-section vehicle at 120 mph was estimated at about 200 MJ, of which 50 MJ was transferred to the maintenance vehicle during the crash. The maintenance vehicle ended up embedded in the vehicle. The traditional safety issues emerging from the incident are considered. Collision resistance had not been a design requirement of the Trans rapid train. All the collision forces were taken end-on. The accident site was difficult to access. A full length walkway or emergency shutes would be required to remedy this. (A)


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  • Accession Number: 01043717
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2007 8:12AM