Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Bullet train designed by GA

Kazu Inaba told me this morning that the new Shinkansen has been designed in part by a genetic algorithm. A quick google search confirmed the not-so-news here on the JR Central site:
"The development of the nose shape incorporated the latest analysis method (genetic algorithm*4), used in the development of airplane wings, for the first time in railway rolling stock. In doing so, we have developed a nose shape with the optimal aerodynamic performance accommodating 300 km/h operation, while ensuring the Series 700 seating capacity and spacious interior."
A picture of the new train is shown above.

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