Optimization of the Head Geometry for a Cable Car Passing over a Support

  • M. WeninEmail author
  • A. Windisch
  • S. Ladurner
  • M. L. Bertotti
  • G. Modanese
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 113)


In this work we discuss the problem of finding an optimal shape of a cable ropeway support head using optimization techniques. We define a cost function and relevant constraints with the goal to minimize the oscillations of the vehicle when it crosses the support, valid for both driving directions. Our findings reveal potential for practical use by extending Computer Aided Engineering tools by taking this optimization procedure into account.


Cable ropeway Optimal support geometry Numerical optimization Unwanted vehicle oscillations 



S. Ladurner and M. Wenin acknowledge financial support by the Amt für Forschung und Innovation der Provinz Bozen, Italy (this work is a part of the project ”Steigerung der Geschwindigkeit und des Fahrkomforts bei der Stützenüberfahrt von Seilbahnanlagen”). A. Windisch acknowledges support by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Schroedinger Fellowship J 3800-N27, as well as by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics under Award No. #DE-FG02-05ER41375.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Wenin
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Windisch
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. Ladurner
    • 4
  • M. L. Bertotti
    • 5
  • G. Modanese
    • 5
  1. 1.CPE Computational Physics and EngineeringLanaItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversity of GrazGrazAustria
  4. 4.Doppelmayr ItaliaLanaItaly
  5. 5.Faculty of Science and TechnologyFree University of BozenBolzanoItaly

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