The possibility of both suspending and propelling a land vehicle completely free of its guideway at a height of 20 to 30 cm represents an entirely new concept in transportation. Resiliently supported by magnetic forces and propelled at speeds up to 500 km/hr or greater, a vehicle such as this bears a closer resemblance in both its streamlined shape and behavior to a wingless aircraft than to the more conventional train riding on wheels along steel rails. Unlike the aircraft, however, from an environmental point of view it is almost noiseless and pollution-free. In this paper the basic specifications for a magnetically levitated test vehicle using superconducting magnets and linear synchronous motor propulsion along a powered guideway is discussed.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 157-166

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  • Accession Number: 00132946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1976 12:00AM