Preliminary Test Planning for the National Maglev Initiative

by Dean deBenedet, Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, Denver, United States,
Arthur Feldman, Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, Denver, United States,
Linda Karanian, Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, Denver, United States,
Arnold Gilchrist, Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, Denver, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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

Abstract: This paper describes the effort undertaken as part of the National Maglev Initiative to identify, document, and analyze the following maglev system aspects: architecture, operational concepts, leading maglev system developers, test planning and facilities exercised in prior related activities, and development risks. The process consisted of: a literature search, interviews with industry experts, identification of distinct program development risks, characterization of those risks by subsystem, severity, type and mitigation methods, and preparation of recommendations for scheduling risk mitigation activities into five development phases consistent with the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. Areas dominating the list of risks both in terms of number of risks identified and their severity include vehicle dynamics and system effectiveness (reliability, maintainability and availability).

Subject Headings: Risk management | Magnetic levitation trains | Vehicles | System reliability | System analysis | Structural systems | Architecture

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