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Factors in Lightweight Guideway Design and Costing

  • 01
  • Jul
  • 1975
AUTHOR: R. J. Ravera, J. R. Anderes
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: MTR-6969
SUBJECT: Tracks & Structures
KEYWORDS: Weight Reduction, Pier Spacing, Cost Estimation
ABSTRACT: The effect of lightweight guideway design on ride quality is examined. Results for a particular vehicle/guideway system show that ride quality can be maintained while beam weight is reduced to a point where physical constraints or lateral and torsional strength limitations are reached. The effect of guideway pier spacing on vehicle ride quality is also examined. Finally, a procedure for obtaining accurate guideway cost estimates is outlined.

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