COMBATTING ICE ON AIRTRANS AND OTHER GUIDEWAYS

The Airtrans transportation system at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, manufactured by the Vought Corporation, is fully automated and transports people and cargo throughout the airport complex. The Airtrans system uses 13 miles of guideway with 68 vehicles to interconnect 4 terminals, 2 remote parking lots, a hotel and the maintenance areas. The Airtrans system operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has accumulated a total of 14 million vehicle miles since the opening of the airport in 1974. The system was designed specifically for the climatic environment of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. The original plan for operation during the infrequent periods of severe weather was that the constant vehicle movements throughout the system would keep the guideway and wayside system clear of ice and snow. This procedure proved completely inadequate and has resulted in system shutdown during periods of severe ice and snow. Buses and trucks are used during these periods to provide movement of people and cargo. This paper describes the approach the Vought Corporation undertook to combat the Airtrans environmental problems. The proposed improvements were considered too costly for the few days of severe weather and resulted in backup bus service at onset of icing weather. It is essential that for site specific applications, a Systems Engineering approach be utilized in order to match performance requirements with cost effective methods. Finally, a full scale demonstration is required to validate the selected approach. /Authors/

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    • This Paper appeared in TRB Special Report 185, Snow Removal and Ice Control Research.Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved
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    • Patton, Robert J
    • Raven, Roland R
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  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 328-336
  • Monograph Title: SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE CONTROL RESEARCH
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  • Accession Number: 00193899
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM