An analytical and experimental evaluation was made of the stability and dynamic characteristics of a small scale magnetically levitated vehicle. The vehicle was levitated over a variety of guideway perturbations in an attempt at stimulating unstable modes of oscillation. No instabilities developed in the five degrees of freedom measured using either passive or active damping. The analytical model was used to simulate the observed motions of the vehicle using a computer. Reasonable agreement was found although more damping was observed than was simulated using the model. This work was performed as a part of the Federal Railroad Administration's program of research and development on high speed ground transportation for use in intercity passenger service.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Related reports are NTIS PB-221696, Study of a Magnetically Levitated Vehicle, and NTIS PB-210505, The Feasibility of Magnetically Levitating High Speed Ground Vehicles. Research was sponsored by Federal Railroad Administration, office of Research Development and Demonstration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Stanford Research Institute

    333 Ravenswood Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA  United States  94025
  • Authors:
    • COFFEY, H T
    • COLTON, J D
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 160 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00072689
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-ORD&D-74-41 Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-10001
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 16 1981 12:00AM