Technical Reports

Safety of High Speed Guided Ground Transportation Systems: Review of Existing EMF Guidelines, Standards and Regulations.

  • 01
  • Aug
  • 1993
AUTHOR: Don Goellner, Dr. Barry Wilson, Dr. Russel Reiter, Dr. Arthur, Pilla, Norbert Hankin, Lynne Gillette, Barbara Hostage
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-93/27
SUBJECT: Maglev
KEYWORDS: Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF); Maglev; Electrified Rail Systems; EMF Exposure; Guidelines; Standards and Regulations; International; Federal; State and Local EMF Activities
ABSTRACT: To assess the state of knowledge about anticipated electric and magnetic field (EMF) exposures from electrical transportation systems, including electrically powered rail and magnetically levitated (maglev), research concerning biological effects of EMF exposure, with special emphasis on broad spectrum or broadband magnetic fields, was reviewed. A primary objective of this report was to consider, based on present knowledge, the potential for adverse health effects from maglev-associated EMF. Because maglev technology is known to generate magnetic fields at a variety of frequencies, this document addresses the broadband frequency characteristics (including pulses, intermittent fields, and other transient phenomena).

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