Canadian studies on the use of superconducting magnets for the levitation, guidance and propulsion of high speed intercity guided ground transport are reported. Levitation is obtained by the interaction of vehicle-mounted superconduction magnets and eddy currents induced in aluminum strip conductors on an elevated guideway. The vehicle is propelled by linear synchronous motor, using an array of vehicle-borne superconducting magnets and powered windings along the guideway. One possible guidance scheme for a flat guideway uses flat "null-flux" loops mounted over the LSM windings. Lateral stability is provided by the interaction of the propulsion magnets with the loops and with the edges of the levitation strips. A 7.6 metre diameter rotating wheel test facility with maximum peripheral speed of 33 m/sec, is being used to test levitation, guidance and propulsion systems using full-scale superconducting magents.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning Transport Associates, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 4824, Duke Station
    Durham, NC  United States  27706
  • Authors:
    • Atherton, D L
    • Eastham, A R
  • Publication Date: 1974-6

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  • Accession Number: 00096106
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1975 12:00AM