The Urbanaut« Monorail
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The Technology Test Center encompasses an indoor facility and outside winding, elevated guideways with two circulators, one elevated and one at surface. The Center incorporates a dual guideway automatic switch assembly and an indoor display and presentation facility. The guideway is manufactured of fiberglass from CADD programs and consists of several straight and curved super-elevated sections, having steep uphill and downhill grades of up to 12%. The curved portion of the guideway consists of transition spirals in addition to radial curves with maximum 10░ elevation.
The rolling stock includes several single vehicles, a small PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) vehicle, and a 3-car train of composite material custom manufactured from Pro Engineer Data. Each vehicle has two unique non-magnetic wheel bogies (the "brains" in the vehicle) made of composite materials and/or aluminum. The bogies support, guide, propel and control the speed of the vehicle. The wheel bogie has 2 traction (load) tires and 4 guide wheel tires.
Urbanaut« has complete engineering and plans for a full scale, high tech Technology Center consisting of 1 mile of a configuration 8 guideway layout, with several types of switching devices, and a building for control, operation, maintenance and training of personnel.
Circulator comparable to normal size has radius = 40 meters with super elevation (banking) of 10║
A 3-Car Train in a sharp curve with 10░ super elevation (banking)
A 3-car train is entering and a single car is leaving a tunnel. Ventilation ducts and fire protection are along the roof of the tunnel.
At surface only a 1.0 meter wide, inexpensive concrete slab is required