by R. Scott Phelan, Massachusetts Inst of Technology, Cambridge, United States,
Maglev Technology: A Look at Guideway Construction and Maintenance Concerns
Joseph M. Sussman, Massachusetts Inst of Technology, Cambridge, United States,
Abstract: Magnetically levitated vehicle technology, maglev, serves as a potential solution to ever increasing transportation demands. Though interest in maglev appears to be increasing, an appropriate level of concern directed towards guideway construction and maintenance issues has not been reflected. This paper presents an overview of maglev technology including a brief discussion of technical alternatives currently available. The paper places particular emphasis on guideway construction and maintenance concerns involved with high speed maglev systems and demonstrates these costs to be dominant. Suggestions of design methods capable of reducing guideway costs conclude the paper.
Subject Headings: Guideways | Magnetic levitation trains | Vehicles | Maintenance | Construction costs | Magnetic fields | Railroad trains
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