MAGNETIC LEVITATION FOR HIGH SPEED

This article discusses the recent history and future prospects of high-speed trains using magnetic levitation. In both Germany and Japan, magnetic levitation has emerged as the appropriate technology for future high-speed trains. Maglev trains began to be developed in Germany during the 1960s, and were first demonstrated in 1971. Between 1984 and 1990, the Transrapid TR06 train covered over 60,000km of test running, and its successor, the TR07, has now covered over 200,000km. These trains used the EMS principle, where controlled electromagnets lift the vehicle towards steel rails in the guideway. Japan National Railway (JNR) tests started in 1972, and JNR chose EDS technology, where the magnetic lift forces are a function of movement. In 1994, the MLU002N train reached 431kph on a test track. The MLX01 is expected to reach 550kph in tests in 1997. In 1994, the German Government approved construction of a 450kph maglev system between Hamburg and Berlin, due to open in 2005.

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    IAN ALLAN PUBLISHING

    COOMBELANDS HOUSE, COOMBELANDS LANE
    ADDLESTONE, SURREY  United Kingdom  KT15 1HY
  • Publication Date: 1996-9

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 574-6
  • Serial:
    • MODERN RAILWAYS
    • Volume: 53
    • Issue Number: 576
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00729744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM