Flight dynamics and development of the stability control method of the aero-train (1st report, flight test by pushing)

Yasuaki Kohama, Hideo Watanabe, Satoshi Kikuchi, Fukuo Ohta, Takayuki Itoh

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Abstract

Taking into account of the serious greenhouse effect of the Earth, drastic proposal which presents the Carbon Dioxide emission from transportation system must be done. In Japan, over 20% of the Carbon Dioxide is emitted from transportation system. Aero-Train is the new zero-emission high speed vehicle which we are proposing. Wing in ground effect is introduced to obtain highest lift to drag ratio and highest payload. Because of its high efficiency, Aero-Train can be run using only natural energy existing in the space where the vehicle runs. First phase of the present investigation has been done using a running model pushed by a car in the guideway located at the Miyazaki Research Center of RTRI. Results showed that the model successfully floated over 70 km/h around 30 seconds. Best lift to drag ration was 20. Present concept seems to be quite plausible for next generation zero-emission high speed vehicle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalNippon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Volume68
Issue number665
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Blade
  • Greenhouse effect
  • High speed ground vehicle
  • Maneuverability
  • Modeling
  • Motion control
  • Natural energy
  • Propulsion
  • Wing-in-ground effect
  • Zero-emission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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