SkyWay Infrastructure Equipment

SkyWay Infrastructure Equipment

25 January 2019 6516

Construction of SkyWay Center as part of the Innovation Technological Park at the Sharjah Emirate is a great and complex project with numerous requirements to track structures and infrastructure facilities that must be demonstrated at the highest level. This project includes the construction of such major and significant infrastructure facilities as a U-turn circle and a turn-out switch. They allow to change the direction of traffic flows, as well as to carry out the exit of vehicles to technological tracks in parking areas and technical maintenance.

The need to develop our own design solutions arose due to the difference between SkyWay vehicles and classical railway and other transportation systems. The design of wheels and suspension dictates a number of features that should be taken into account when developing infrastructure facilities.

An example of such an object is a turn-out switch located on a reversal ring between sagging and semi-rigid track lines. The work of this switch was not demonstrated to the public previously, because it has a technological purpose within the SkyWay technology test and demonstration center. It is used to do installation of vehicles on the track structure - this is its intended purpose of use. In addition, it allows to monitor the behavior of structures under the conditions of actual use. The vehicles are dispatched to exhibitions, taken away for maintenance and rework at the production facility, returned to the track structure for testing. The turn-out switch operates in a fairly intensive mode and, most importantly, in any weather. As part of the actual challenges and in order to save funds, this design was developed as simple as possible (read “reliable”), however, it allowed to roll in the required design and technological solutions in practice. The objects in the UAE will be more complicated, because there are more requirements to them.

You will find out more about all this and not only from the video interview with Alexey Strizhenkov, Head of the Infrastructure Equipment Design Bureau at SkyWay Technologies Co.

Mikhail Kirichenko

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