MAGNETIC LEVITATION: TOMORROWS TRANSPORTATION

THE AUTHORS PRESENT A DETAILED REPORT OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO A MAGNETIC LEVITATION SYSTEM FOR SUSPENDING AND GUIDING VEHICLES AT SPEEDS UP TO OR IN EXCESS OF 300 MILES PER HOUR. THE SYSTEM USES SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNETS ON BOARD THE VEHICLE AND A PASSIVE ALUMINIUM GUIDEWAY. EDDY CURRENTS ARE INDUCED IN THE GUIDEWAY BY THE MOVING MAGNETS AND INTERACT WITH THE MAGNETIC FIELD TO PRODUCE A LIFT FORCE THAT SUPPORTS THE VEHICLE. GUIDANCE FORCES CAN BE GENERATED IN THE SAME WAY BY APPROPRIATELY SHAPING THE GUIDEWAY. THE VEHICLE HAS A NUMBER OF UNIQUE FEATURES, INCLUDING SILENT POLLUTION-FREE OPERATION, SAFE DESCENT DURING POWER FAILURE, AND HIGH CLEARANCE ABOVE THE GUIDEWAY. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Helium Society

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  • Authors:
    • Chilton, F
    • COFFEY, H T
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 60 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241064
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 1972 12:00AM