The bearings developed at Livermore employed cylindrical magnet arrays to sta INDUCTRACK MAGLEV SYSTEM could allow trains to glide across the country. Apr 3, High reliability and lower maintenance and operating costs make magnetic levitation (maglev) technology integral to advancing the nation’s. May 9, By contrast, maglev requires complex and expensive infrastructure Called the Inductrack, the new system is passive in that it uses no.

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UCRL November 7, The amount of power needed depends on the weight of the vehicle and its maximum speed. That situation was changed by two developments. The track can be ineuctrack one of two configurations, a “ladder track” and a “laminated track”.

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The track contained some 1, rectangular inductive wire coils, each about 15 centimeters wide. The Inductrack will be set up and tested by engineering graduate students at the Florida Space Institute, which is a technical training institution for NASA.

Maglev on the Development Track for Urban Transportation. First, the theoretical analyses in the s conducted by physicist Klaus Halbach of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory resulted in his invention of the Halbach array. The simplicity of the Inductrack may make it attractive for use in a variety of applications, including urban maglev systems, people movers, and point-to-point shipment of high-value freight The Inductrack, employing Halbach arrays, is an example of a practical application of the results of fundamental studies in magnetics and particle-accelerator physics.

The cost and complexity of presently developed high-speed maglev trains has slowed their deployment. Inductrack II, which is the design used by the GA urban maglev system, requires half the current to achieve the same levitation force per unit area as that required when using the single-sided Inductrack I configuration, without substantially increasing the weight or footprint area of the Halbach arrays.

Electromagnetic cannon A solenoid can be used to fire a small ball. The new technology, called Inductrack, employs special arrays of permanent magnets that induce strong repulsive currents in a “track” made up of coils, pushing up on the cars and levitating them. These currents produce a magnetic field that repels the array, thus levitating the train car.


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Using unique configurations of powerful, permanent magnets, called Halbach arrays, to create its levitating fields, Inductrack is under development by General Atomics GA in San Diego. Published by Jack Small Modified over 2 years ago. The Halbach array offers other benefits besides levitation. THE Inductrack magnetic levitation maglev system, conceived by Livermore physicist Richard Post as a safer, cheaper, and simpler means to levitate urban and high-speed trains, is moving down the development track on the way to a full-scale demonstration.

External Power Needed Post mahlev that a power source is inducfrack to accelerate the cart to its operating speed of 10 to 12 meters per second.

Also, its quiet operation allows elevated tracks to run inducrrack neighborhoods, thereby eliminating the need to tunnel underground for noise abatement.

Magnetic propulsion uses the concepts and applications of electromagnets in order to propel an object. Several maglev railroad proposals are based upon Inductrack technology. Lawrence Livermore scientists have recently developed a new approach to magnetically levitating high-speed trains that is fundamentally much simpler in design and operation requiring no superconducting coils or stability control circuitsmagpev much less expensive, and more widely adaptable than other maglev systems.

As long as the train is moving above a few kilometers per hour, a bit faster than walking speed, the car will be levitated by the motion-induced currents and their resulting magnetic field. The cart is shown in flight approximately 3 centimeters above the track at approximately If the system were to lose power, the train would remain stably levitated until it slows to walking speeds, at which point it would settle down on auxiliary wheels.

Ray Smith, and mechanical technician Bill Kent assembled a one-twentieth-scale model of linear track 20 meters long Figure 1.

The Inductrack: A Home-Grown Maglev System for our Nation

Inductrack involves two main components: Along the sides of the track, they attached aluminum rails on which a kilogram test cart could ride until the levitation transition velocity was exceeded Figure 2. The first section inducrack the test track uses a set of electrically energized track coils–aided by a stretched bungee cord–to reach this speed.


These maglev systems also require complicated feedback circuits to prevent disastrous instabilities in their high-speed operation. The magnetic fields generated by these arrays interact with a track composed of shorted circuits to create levitating and centering magnetic forces. The magldv also shows levitation of loads approaching 50 times the weight of the magnets, important for reducing the cost relative to maglev vehicles.

General Atomics is developing Inductrack technology in cooperation with multiple research partners. Maglev Trains Trains that fly on air.

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The advantages of maglev in urban settings relative to conventional urban rail systems include: Litz-wire cables, encased in stainless steel tubes Slotted, laminated, conductor sheets, bonded and mechanically reinforced Lock. The theory has been compared against subscale test results and then incorporated in simulation codes. With Inductrack, the train needs only a source of drive power to accelerate it to levitating speed, keep it inducyrack, and provide braking. Post notes that the concept of magnetically levitated trains, based on other technological approaches, has been studied in several nations for decades.

Retrieved 11 May Some maglev train cars, for example, employ superconducting coils to generate their magnetic field. The code predictions are shown for zero and plus and minus 1. The permanent magnets are infuctrack in configurations called Halbach arrays, named after Klaus Halbach, retired Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicist.

The train will run on auxiliary wheels along rails until it reaches the transition speed, at which point it will begin levitating. When mounted on iductrack bottom of a rail car, inductraack arrays generate a magnetic field that induces currents in the track coils below the moving car, lifting the car by several centimeters and stably centering it.