Assessment of Guideway Systems for Maglev Applications

by Hota V. S. GangaRao, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,
Penmatsa R. Raju, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,
Hemanth K. Thippeswamy, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


Recognizing the potential benefits of MAGLEV high speed mass transportation systems, three innovative guideway systems have been evaluated herein from the viewpoint of: (1) loads and performance limits; (2) in-service mass transit guideway system performance; and (3) comparison of dead loads, stresses and deflections of concrete, steel and concrete-steel guideways. The MAGLEV guideway designs are developed for 80' spans and their cross sectional details are presented.

Subject Headings: Guideways | Magnetic levitation trains | Steel structures | Vehicle loads | Dead loads | Concrete | Service loads | Rapid transit systems

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