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Laura DegitzLogan Stern. Maglev System A pplication: Transrapid in Shanghai. What is Maglev?. Magnetic Levitation Alternative to traditional train systems Lift and propulsion is provided by a large number of magnets rather than a traditional engine

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Laura DegitzLogan Stern

Maglev System Application: Transrapid in Shanghai


What is Maglev?

  • Magnetic Levitation

  • Alternative to traditional train systems

  • Lift and propulsion is provided by a large number of magnets rather than a traditional engine

  • The train hovers 10-15mm above the track

    • No wheels or axles

  • The train requires less energy to hover than to run the air conditioning system


Maglev


Overview

  • Shanghai Transrapid is the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world

  • The line spans 30 km and connects the Long Yang subway station to the Pudang Airport

  • The train accelerates to 220 mph in 2 minutes

  • Maximum operational speed is 311mph

  • The journey takes only 7 minutes, 20 seconds

  • A one-way ticket costs about $7


History

  • Transrapid has been developing Maglev trains since 1979

  • The system was designed by German engineering firms Siemens and ThyssenKrupp

  • Construction began in March 2001

  • Open for public service January 1st, 2004

  • A train compartment caught fire in August 2006


Benefits

  • Environmental

    • Lower noise emission

    • Energy consumption

    • Land use.

  • Economic

    • Lower maintenance costs than traditional trains

  • Speed

    • Fastest ground transportation available


Disadvantages

  • New track and infrastructure must be built to support Maglev systems

  • The noise made by the Maglev is more annoying than traditional trains

  • Requires sophisticated control systems to maintain the train’s position on the track

  • Cost: $1.45 billion

  • The system will not be able to recoup the initial construction costs at the current ridership rate (50 yen and 7000 passengers per day)


Ridership Demand and Capacity

  • Each Maglev train can carry 574 people

  • Transrapid operates 2 trains to meet demand

  • Operates at 15 minute intervals, 15 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • As of Oct. 2007, daily ridership exceeds 20,000

  • Anecdotal evidence shows morning commute trains are 60-70% full (about 22,000 people/day)


Works Cited

  • http://www.transrapid.de/

  • http://www.smtdc.com/en/

  • http://maglevboard.net/


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