This article discusses the future of high speed ground transportation as lying not in wheeled vehicles but in vehicles propelled by electromagnetic forces on a guideway. The technology of attractive and repulsive levitation are described. The problem of propulsion is discussed in terms of two types of linear motors; linear induction motors and linear synchronous motors. Work on the magnaplane, begun in 1969, has provided some experience with these concepts. Potentially electromagnetic flight could efficiently meet the need for high speed mass transportation.

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  • Authors:
    • Kolm, H H
    • Thornton, R D
  • Publication Date: 1973-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 17-25
  • Serial:
    • Scientific American
    • Volume: 229
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Scientific American Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0036-8733

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  • Accession Number: 00080629
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1975 12:00AM