Building a Viable Maglev Industry

by John B. Barber, Daniel, Mann, Johnson, &, Mendenhall, Los Angeles, United States,
Clark B. Adams, Daniel, Mann, Johnson, &, Mendenhall, Los Angeles, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


Transforming the chaotic fragmentation of competing and incompatible magnetic levitation systems into a robust and expanding U.S. industry will provide substantial benefits to established pioneers and potential developers alike. The creation of a set of standardized interfaces between the vehicle system and the maglev infrastructure is proposed as a catalyst for the development of the industry. Potential system features benefiting from standardization include guideway configuration, mode of magnetic suspension, mode of propulsion and supply of power to the vehicle, and communication formats for command and control signals. Engineering organizations and councils working cooperatively with government should decide on a spectrum of interfaces around which to build the industry.

Subject Headings: Vehicles | Control systems | Industries | Communication systems | Power supply | Traffic signals | Magnetic fields | Guideways

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