There are a number of magnetic suspensions of which superconducting suspensions are a subset. In these suspensions the movement of the vehicle is used to induce currents in a conducting track which then interacts with the magnets on the vehicle to produce a repulsive suspension force. This work provides a technical and economic definition of high speed ground transport systems using these suspensions. The full range of common superconducting suspensions and of propulsions are covered with designs produced for speeds ranging from 100 m/s (225 miles/hr) to 250 m/s (560 mile/hr). For operating cost evaluation, throughputs ranging from one to thirty million seats per annum, each way, are considered. Technical descriptions of the vehicles, their suspensions, propulsions and tracks are given in some detail and operating costs are presented for all the systems together with details of the breakdown of costs and the capital costs involved.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cranfield Institute of Technology, England

    Center for Transport Studies
    Cranfield, Bedfordshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Alston, I A
  • Publication Date: 1973-8

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  • Pagination: 136 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00091066
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CTS-5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1981 12:00AM