Technical Reports

Maglev System Concept Definition: Maglev System Concept Definition Report

  • 01
  • Oct
  • 1992
AUTHOR: Foster-Miller
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-92/01
SUBJECT: Maglev
KEYWORDS: Superconducting Magnet, Guideway, Vehicle, Linear Motor, Cryostat, Bogie, System Costs
ABSTRACT: This report presents the Foster-Miller Maglev System Concept, which is based on the electrodynamic repulsive principle using superconducting magnets. The system uses a null-flux sidewall levitation scheme. The propulsion is by a locally switched advanced linear motor. The vehicle is a lightweight composite body with end bogies which house summary magnet suspension and the secondary air spring and oil damper. The vehicle can tilt up to 12 deg for high speed, comfortable curve negotiation. The guideway is modular, twin beam, open form to eliminate the possibility of debris, ice and snow accumulation, easily transportable by road and of low cost. The concept is optimized and engineered through a number of tradeoffs. Design drawings of guideway, vehicle body and suspension systems have been provided. Low cost construction methods have been identified and detailed cost estimates for installation and operations have been presented. Important safety issues have been addressed, and an assessment of environmental impact has been made. System implementation aspects including communications and control, operational and maintenance plans are also addressed. Significant conclusions and advancements of the Foster-Miller Maglev System over existing systems have been presented.
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