12th May 2020
Analysis lead design (ALD) methodology was used to identify the previously mentioned industry requirements to focus on providing an effective solution that would meet the requirements.
An example of ALD can be seen in the demonstrator. The beams are all the same outside diameter, but the wall thickness is tailored to give the optimum cost/weight and performance balance. This keeps the tooling and joining costs low as the parts are standardised. It also enables the design to be very modular allowing quick repair and replacement of individual parts. This modularity enables the technology to stretch across a range of vehicle sizes from pods to monorail carriages. It also enables one system to contain carriages of different capacity for different lines without escalating set up costs exponentially.