Technical Reports

Maglev Program Test Plan

  • 01
  • Jul
  • 1992
AUTHOR: Dean deBenedet, Arnold J. Gilchrist, Linda A. Karanian
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/NMI-92/11
SUBJECT: Maglev
KEYWORDS: Development Risks, Test Requirements, Test Procedures, Development Schedule
ABSTRACT: Maglev systems represent a promising evolution in the high-speed ground transportation, offering speeds in excess of 300 mph along with the potential for low operating costs and minimal environmental impact. The goal of this effort is to investigate the feasibility and viability of maglev systems in the United States. The emergence of a sophisticated technology such as maglev requires a need for a coordinated research test program and the determination of test requirements to identify and mitigate development risk and to maximize die use of domestic resources. This study is directed toward the identification and characterization of maglev systems development risks tied to a preliminary system architecture. Research objectives are accomplish by surveying experiences from previous maglev development programs, both foreign and domestic, and interviews with individuals involved with maglev research and testing. Findings include ninety-four distinct development risks and twenty risk types. Planning and implementation requirements are identified for a maglev test program, including the development of a facilities strategy to meet any operational concepts that evolve out of early development effort. Also specified is the logical development flow and associated long-lead support needs for sub-scale and full-scale testing.

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