•By Tiffany Albertson -magnetic levitation.

Maglev trains
• A few countries are using powerful electromagnets to develop highspeed trains, called maglev trains. • Traveling at speeds of up to 310 mph (500 kph), maglev trains could begin connecting distant cities in a few years.

How it works.
• A maglev train

floats about 10mm above the guide way on a magnetic field.

• It is propelled by the guide way itself rather than an onboard engine by changing magnetic fields.

How it works

con’t

• Once the train • The Electrois pulled into magnets run the the next length of the section the guide way. magnetism switches so that the train is pulled on again.

Advantages?
• Wel l it sounds hi gh- tech, a float ing train, they do o ff er certain benef its over conventi onal steel rai l on steel wheel rai lways. • The primary advantage is maintenance.

Advantages? Con’t
• Because the train floats along there is no contact with the ground and therefore no need for any moving parts. • As a result there are no components that would wear out.

Advantages? Con’t
• In theory, this • The second means, trains advantage is and track that because would need no maglev trains maintenance float, there is at all. no friction. • Note that there is still air resistance.

Advantages? Con’t
• A third • However advantage is noise due to less noise. air disturbance • Because there still occurs are no wheels while the train running along is in motion. there is no wheel noise.

Advantages? Con’t
• The final advantage is speed. • As a result of the three previous listed it is more viable for maglev trains to travel extremely fast • i.e. 500km/h or 300mph. • Although this is possible with conventional rail it is not economically viable.

Advantages? Con’t
• Ah-ha tricked ya! • E.g. after stations There is one and going uphill, more advantage. Which would mean a maglev could • Another advantage is that get up to 300kmh (186mph) in only the guide way 5km where can be made a currently takes lot thicker in 18km. places.

Advantages? Con’t
• Also greater gradients would be applicable.
• O.k I mean it now this was the last one.

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