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Guideway Structural Design and Power/Propulsion/Braking in Relation to Guideways

  • 01
  • Feb
  • 1992
AUTHOR: Maglev 2000 Team
OFFICE: RPD
SUBJECT: Maglev
KEYWORDS: Guideway Configurations, Cost Analysis, Guideway Evaluation
ABSTRACT: This report has analyzed electromagnetic and mechanical designs for a magnetically levitated train system with nominal specifications: maximum speed: 500 km/hr (300 mph); passenger capacity/car: 50-200; vehicle weight: 42 metric tonnes (92,600); and guideway width: 3.65 m (12 ft.) The analysis considers variations in vehicle length, acceleration/deceleration criteria, air-gap clearance, and maximum propulsion thrust. Five different guideway configurations have been considered, each of which is based on air-core magnets made from low-temperature superconductors (NbTi, Nb3Sn) or the newer high-Tc ceramic superconductors (HTSCs).
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