Development of Simulation and Cost Models to Compare HSR and Maglev Systems

by Fadi Emil Nassar, Univ of Florida, Gainesville, United States,
Fazil T. Najafi, Univ of Florida, Gainesville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Both high-speed rail (HSR) and magnetically levitated systems offer comfortable and safe ground transportation at high speed. The cost structure and performance of these systems and their sensitivity to design changes, however, differ significantly between modes. The development of a microcomputer analysis technique to compare HSR and maglev modes is described. The technique consists of an operation simulation model written in FORTRAN, and a cost estimation model based on a database software that interacts with a structured query language (SQL) and FORTRAN.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Simulation models | High-speed rail | Magnetic levitation trains | Structural models | Databases | Computer analysis | Computer languages

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