Control Concepts for Pneumatic-Tube Vehicles

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D. Wright, K. P. White

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, N. C.

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 96(2), 229-235 (Jun 01, 1974) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426795 History: Received June 23, 1973; Online July 13, 2010


The pneumatic-tube transport system, its operation, and its conceptual development as a high-speed-ground-transportation alternative are discussed briefly. Schemata for control of passive and nonpassive tube vehicles are proposed. System simulations employing a Fanno-flow model and each of the control schemata are outlined. Results contrasting controlled and uncontrolled system operation are presented as plots of the vehicle’s velocity and acceleration versus the vehicle’s position in the tube. Results evidence the infeasibility of existing, passive vehicle concepts.

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