Investigation of the Performance and Potential of a Novel Trackless Train with Pneumatic Tires

  • Ning ZhangEmail author
  • Xi Wang
  • Zi-qian Zhao
  • Wei-chao Zhuang
  • Guo-dong Yin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


With the acceleration of China’s urbanization process, second and third tier cities have gradually joined the planning and construction of urban rail transit. Second and third tier cities are more suitable for the development of medium-traffic rail transit systems. This paper proposes a novel type of medium-traffic urban traffic system, which combines the advantages of rail transit and public buses. It adopts pure electric drive and applies multi-axle active steering technology to provide a fast and flexible way for public transportation in small and medium-sized cities in China. It’s designed to relieve the problem of travel in cities that are increasingly prominent in China.


Trackless Electric drive Independent suspension Multi-axle active steering In-wheel motor 



This work is supported by a Youth Program from National Natural Science Foundation of China (51605087), a Youth Program from Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20160671) and a National Key R&D Program of China (2018YFB1201600).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ning Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xi Wang
    • 1
  • Zi-qian Zhao
    • 1
  • Wei-chao Zhuang
    • 1
  • Guo-dong Yin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Vehicle Engineering, School of Mechanical EngineeringSoutheast UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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