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

  • 01
  • Jan
  • 1993
AUTHOR: Maglev 2000 Team
SUBJECT: Braking Systems
KEYWORDS: Maglev, Superconductor, Railroad Technology
ABSTRACT: This final report summarizes work completed in the investigation of the power, propulsion, and braking systems for five (5) different electrodynamic (EDS) Maglev configurations. System requirements and recommendations, including a cost analysis, are determined for each configuration. The analysis considers variations in vehicle length, acceleration/deceleration criteria, airgap 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 (LTSC) - (NbTi, Nb3Sn) or the newer high-T cerami superconductors (HTSCs). The material requirements and cost of the guideway electrical components were studied as a function of the energy conversion efficiency, the stator block length, armature current density, stator temperature rise, and other parameters. The propulsion design focused on a dual-parallel, linear synchronous motor (LSM) with thrust modulation achieved by applying a variable frequency and voltage along the guideway. Critical design parameters were estimated using a three-dimensional computer model for the inductances, magnetic fields, and electromagnetic forces. The study also addressed the conceptual design of the magnet, cryostat, and refrigeration subsystems. Magnetic fields, forces, AC losses, superconductor stability heat loading, and refrigeration demands were analyzed; a specific design shows the limits of passive shielding.
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