Gyro Monorail

Gyro Monorail

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The gyro monorail, gyroscopic monorail, gyro-stabilized monorail, or gyrocar are terms for a single rail land vehicle that uses the gyroscopic action of a spinning wheel, to overcome the inherent instability of balancing on top of a single rail. The monorail is associated with the names Louis Brennan, August Scherl and Pyotr Shilovsky, who each built full-scale working prototypes during the early part of the twentieth century. A version was developed by Ernest F. Swinney, Harry Ferreira and Louis E. Swinney in the USA in 1962. The gyro monorail has never developed beyond the prototype stage. The principal advantage of the monorail cited by Shilovsky is the suppression of the Hunting oscillation, which was a speed limitation encountered by conventional railways at the time. Also, sharper turns are possible compared to the 7 km typical of modern high-speed trains such as the TGV, because the vehicle will bank automatically on bends, like an aircraft, so that no lateral centrifugal acceleration is experienced on board.show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 177g
  • Cred Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135968254
  • 9786135968255