903. Weight Control in Ground Transportation


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H Henson: 903. Weight Control in Ground Transportation. 1972.



The necessity for rapid economical ground transportation is one of the more urgent problems facing the world today. Application of current, technology can do much to solve this problem. Systems must be safe, economically sound, and acceptable to ecology trends.
The Weight Control Engineer’s role, in development of operational ground transportation systems that meet modern requirements, is by no means minor. Guide-way construction costs are directly related to vehicle weight. Vehicle construction cost is weight sensitive. Operational cost, which is a function of power requirements, depends on the mass to be transported. Few aspects of ground transportation operations can be completely divorced from the weight of the vehicle.
This paper presents the Weight Control Engineer’s role in design of vehicles that will successfully meet future ground transportation requirements


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