PARAMETER OPTIMIZATION STUDIES OF MAGNETIC SUSPENSIONS FOR HIGH SPEED GROUND TRANSPORTATION

The study investigates efficient, cost-effective methods of high speed ground transportation for intercity travel. Previous aspects of the program have demonstrated the technical feasibility of two types of magnetic suspensions (the attractive-force, and the repulsive-force suspensions) for such applications, and have developed a baseline design for a TMLRV (tracked magnetically levitated research vehicle). The attractive force suspension considers the development of a mathematical model which predicts the magnetic behavior of the magnet-rail system for high speed, and a parameter optimaization of the magnet. The repulsive-force suspension examines various track geometries to see if the amount of aluminum in the track could be reduced without loss of performance. Experimental studies have been carried out to support the analytical aspects of the program.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Related reports include NTIS PB 223237 "Preliminary Design Studies of Magnetic Suspensions for High Speed Ground Transportation" (Ford Motor Co.) and FRA-ORD&D-74-41 "An Evaluation of the Dynamics of a Magnetically Levitated Vehicle" (SRI).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ford Motor Company

    23400 Michigan Avenue
    Dearborn, MI  United States  48124

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • BORCHERTS, R H
    • Davis, L C
    • Wan, C C
    • Mohdulla, A U
    • Reitz, J R
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 159 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00090174
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-ORD&D-74-42 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-10026
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1981 12:00AM