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Suitability of Tilting Technology to the Tyne and Wear Metro System

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marin Marinov



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This paper attempts to determine the suitability of tilting technology as applied to metro systems, taking the Tyne and Wear Metro as its base case study. This is done through designing and implementing of several tests which show the current metro situation and reveals possible impacts on ride comfort and speed, in case tilting technology has been implemented. The paper provides brief background literature review on tilting technology, its different designs and types, control systems, customer satisfaction and history on the Tyne and Wear metro system. Ride comfort evaluation methods, testing of the Metro fleet comfort levels and simulation modelling through the use of OpenTrack simulator software are also introduced. Results and findings include test accuracy and validations and suggest that although tilting technology could be beneficial with respect to speed (Minimal Improvements) and comfort, implementing it to the Tyne and Wear metro would be an unwise decision owing to the immense amount of upgrades that would be needed on both the network and the metro car fleet. Therefore recommendations are subsequently made on alternative systems which could achieve or surpass the levels of comfort achievable by tilting technology without the need for an outright overhaul of lines and trains.

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Author(s): Darlton A, Marinov M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban Rail Transit

Year: 2015

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 47-68

Online publication date: 28/05/2015

Acceptance date: 06/03/2015

Date deposited: 12/06/2015

ISSN (print): 2199-6687

ISSN (electronic): 2199-6679

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s40864-015-0007-8


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