The Transrapid EMS Maglev System

by Manfred Wackers, Thyssen Henschel, Munich, Germany,
William W. Dickhart, III, Thyssen Henschel, Munich, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference?Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


The Transrapid 300 mph (500 km/hr) magnetically levitated transportation system is ready for revenue application. The maglev system uses contactless electromagnetic suspension and three phase long stator propulsion. The system is safe, environmentally acceptable, and energy efficient. The system has high performance and is comfortable. The Transrapid electromagnetic maglev system inherently has low magnetic fields in the passenger compartment. The paper includes a brief discussion of the development, a technical description of the system and a possible application.

Subject Headings: Magnetic levitation trains | Rapid transit systems | Magnetic fields | Vehicle impacts | Systems management | System analysis | Energy efficiency

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