Title page for ETD etd-9198-153345

Type of Document Special Report
Author Matson, Edward
Author's Email Address edmatson@vt.edu
URN etd-9198-153345
Title Mark II Dual-Mode Vehicle Design and Analysis
Degree Master of Engineering
Department Materials Science and Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hendricks, Robert W. Committee Chair
Eiss, Norman S. Jr. Committee Member
Landgraf, Ronald W. Committee Member
Lesko, John Committee Member
Nelson, Douglas J. Committee Member
Sturgis, Ellie T. Committee Member
  • High Speed Ground Transit (HSGT)
  • Virtual Corporation (VC)
  • Dual-Mode
Date of Defense 1998-07-28
Availability unrestricted
In the Spring of 1998, the Virtual Corporation at Virginia Tech demonstrated the ability of Linear Switched Reluctance Propulsion (LSRP) to propel a vehicle on a track using only the interaction of a passive magnetic component carried on the vehicle with electromagnets built into the track. The Mark II project was a follow-on effort to complete a thorough design analysis of a second iteration vehicle which features the complete functionality of the original vehicle, with the addition of the ability to enter and exit the LSRP track system using remote control and an electric motor. The new vehicle also features certain design improvements in communications and structural rigidity. This paper elaborates on the process of design and analysis of the vehicle and ramp systems, including detail design drawings, finite element analysis of the vehicle chassis, powertrain subsystem analysis, and detailed analysis of the ramp surface contour design.
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