Maglev Train Overview

Part of the Springer Tracts in Mechanical Engineering book series (STME)


Maglev (means magnetic + levitation) is a method of propulsion that uses magnetic levitation to propel vehicles with magnets rather than with wheels, axles, and bearings. With the Maglev, a vehicle is levitated a short distance away from a guideway by using magnets to create both lift and thrust. In general, Maglev trains move more smoothly and somewhat more quietly than wheeled mass transit systems. Their non-reliance on traction and friction means that acceleration and deceleration can surpass that of wheeled transports and they will be protected from the weather. At very high speeds of the conventional wheeled trains, the wear and tear from friction along with the hammer effect from wheels on rails will accelerate equipment deterioration and prevent mechanically based train systems from routinely achieving higher speeds. On the contrary, Maglev tracks have historically been found to be much more expensive to construct, but require less maintenance and have lower ongoing costs. Maglev can transport passengers and freight over long distances at speeds of hundreds of miles per hour. Maglev promises to be a major mode of transport in the twenty-first century, even more important than autos, trucks, and airplanes [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduChina
  2. 2.National University of Defense TechnologyChangshaChina

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