THE SAGA OF MAGLEV

Magnetic levitation, or MAGLEV for short, is a technology that has had considerable effort expended on its development during the past 15 years. Although intended primarily for high-speed ground transportation, it has the potential for other applications. Its advantages over conventional steel-wheel steel-rail are higher possible speeds, reduced roadbed maintenance, less noise and, since it is all electric, reduced dependence on petroleum. The U.S. was one of the early contributors to the technology as part of the response to the High Speed Ground Transportation Act of 1965. After the U.S. terminated its activity on MAGLEV in 1975, development continued in several countries, most notable Japan and the Federal Republic of Germany. Both of those countries now have systems nearing the application stage. This paper discusses the technology, describes the major national programs and examines the rise and fall of the U.S. program of MAGLEV.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • Money, L J
  • Publication Date: 1984-7

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  • Accession Number: 00491423
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM