TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC RESULTS OF THE USE OF AIR CUSHION IN GROUND TRANSPORTATION

A tentative summary has been made of the possible impact of the use of air cushion in the field of passenger ground transportation aboard a guided vehicle, derived from more than fifteen years of research and development including over 1000 hours of full-scale tests. Basic technical features of air cushion and especially of plenum chambers are recalled with their consequences on guideway and vehicle design, guideway-vehicle interaction and passenger comfort. After giving proper consideration to the speed range in which convenient modes of propulsion can be associated with air cushion suspension to develop a technically feasible system, economical data are proposed. They show clearly the the wide areas where air cushion vehicles of described technology can be used.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for Meeting 8-12 January 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

    485 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY  USA  10017
  • Authors:
    • Garnault, A
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00047390
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 730161 Preprint
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1976 12:00AM