Technical Reports

Study to Establish Ride Comfort Criteria for High Speed Magnetically Levitated Transportation Systems

  • 01
  • Jun
  • 1994
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration; E. Donald Sussman; J.K. Pollard; Peter Mengert; Robert DiSario
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/NMI-94/1
SUBJECT: High-Speed Passenger Rail, Maglev
KEYWORDS: Magnetic levitation, Maglev, Vertical acceleration, Roll rates, Ride Quality
ABSTRACT: The ride motions of a Maglev system were simulated by performing specific vertical and roll maneuvers in a small executive jet aircraft. After each maneuver the passenger subjects recorded a comfort rating on a 7-point scale from very comfortable to very uncomfortable. The vertical accelerations of the jet were measured with an accelerometer and recorded in a computer data file. The results showed that passenger discomfort increased with bank angle and roll rate in the case of roll maneuvers and with the magnitude of the vertical g forces in the case of vertical maneuvers.

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