Technical Reports

Safety of High Speed Guided Ground Transportation Systems: Magnetic and Electric Field Testing of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Urban Transit System. Volume 1. Analysis.

  • 01
  • Jun
  • 1993
AUTHOR: Fred M. Dietrich, Petros N. Papas, William E. Ferro, William L. Jacobs, George A. Steiner
KEYWORDS: Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF); Static (dc) Magnetic Field; Alternating (ac) Field; Extreme Low Frequency (ELF); MBTA;
ABSTRACT: The safety of magnetically levitated (maglev) and high speed rail (HSR) trains proposed for application in the United States is the responsibility of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Plans for near future US applications include maglev projects (e.g. in Orlando, FL and Pittsburgh, PA) and high speed rail (the French Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) in the Texas Triangle). Concerns exist regarding the potential safety, environmental and health effects on the public and on transportation workers due to electrification along new or existing rail corridors, and to maglev and high speed rail operations. Therefore, the characterization of electric and magnetic fields (EMF) produced by both steady (dc) and alternating currents (ac) at power frequency (50 Hz in Europe and 60 Hz in the U.S.) and above, in the Extreme Low Frequency (ELF) range (3-3000 Hz) is of interest.