This system could bridge the speed gap between rail and air transportation in the 300-500 km/h range without any limitations within this range. Government subsidies and industrial participation since 1971 are described, and points of emphasis in related studies presented. Selected lines of development and projects are the electrodynamic and electromagnetic suspension technology and hovering on air cushions, together with hovering through permanent magnets, both proving less appropriate, and leaving us with a selection narrowed down to EMS (electromagnetic hovering principle) and the EDS (electrodynamic system), both of which are described together with the linear engine, the principal vehicles (Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm, Krauss-Maffei, Thyssen-Henschel), components of carrier and guide systems, test stands, magnets and magnet coils, drive components and test vehicles. A synopsis is given of the state of the art, followed by a future perspective with lines of future developments drawn and French, British, Japanese and US developments illustrated, together with a summary of studies undertaken domestically and abroad.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Text in German. Color illustrations reproduced in black and white.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bundesministerium fuer Forschung und Technologie

    Bonn-Bad Godesberg,   Germany 

    Bonn-Bad Godesborg (Germany, F.R.).

  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Pagination: 45 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00337898
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM