The Challenge of Operating Roped Shuttles on Curved Guideways

by Peter Erlandsen, Mechanical Systems,
Diane Moran, Mechanical Systems,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers IV


Guideway curvature creates design challenges unique to roped people mover systems. These challenges include: Positioning large numbers of rope support sheaves along the guideway to support the rope and to bend it around the curves; achieving high reliability and long life of the sheave liners; and knowing and coping with the friction force of complicated roping systems. This paper discusses ways to overcome these challenges.

Subject Headings: Guideways | Curvature | Cables | Automated people movers | System reliability | System analysis | Friction

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