The author describes the research carried out at the Krupp Research Institute in Essen. He lists some characteristics of permanent-magnetic suspension: no energy required, quietness of operation, no vibration, smooth and comfortable ride, no wear and tear, no friction, etc. He also describes the properties of certain magnetic materials such as ferrites, rare earth metals combined with cobalt, which have been studied by Krupp and Philips. He discusses the various possible arrangements for permanent magnet systems, and gives a tentative design concept for an urban transit project with small, automatically-controlled cabs seating 4 people, running nonstop between origin and destination. He describes investigations into the problems of this suspension, and concludes that this means of transport would be no less favourable as regards capital expenditure than any other means of transport, would offer higher riding comfort, be safer, more durable and cheaper to run, and would also be much less of a burden to the environment.

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 566-572

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  • Accession Number: 00126999
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Railway Documentation, Selection of
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM