COMPARISON OF EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL REACTION RAIL CURRENTS, RAIL VOLTAGES, AND AIRGAP FIELDS FOR THE LINEAR INDUCTION MOTOR RESEARCH VEHICLE

Measurements of reaction rail currents, reaction rail voltages, and airgap magnetic fields in tests of the Linear Induction Motor Research Vehicle (LIMRV) were compared with theoretical calculations from the mesh/matrix theory. It was found that the rail currents and magnetic fields predicted by the theory are within 20 percent of the measured currents and fields at most motor locations in most of the runs, but differ by as much as a factor of two in some cases. The most consistent difference is a higher experimental than theoretical magnetic field near the entrance of the motor, and a lower experimental than theoretical magnetic field near the exit. The observed differences between the theoretical and experimental magnetic fields and currents do not account for the differences of as much as 26 percent between the theoretical and experimental thrusts. (Color illustrations reproduced in black and white)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive
    Pasadena, CA  USA  91103

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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    Federal Railroad Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Elliott, D G
  • Publication Date: 1977-7

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  • Pagination: 84 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-77/33 Final Rpt., 77-36
  • Contract Numbers: NAS7-100
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1982 12:00AM