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Maglev Trains. Chad Parrott. Can a Train Fly?. In some ways trains can fly. Mag - Magnetic Lev - (Levitation- “Rising into the air”) Floats 1cm above the track Maglev- An electric train that magnetically levitates over a track and can travel at high speeds. Differences :.

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maglev trains

Maglev Trains

Chad Parrott

can a train fly
Can a Train Fly?
  • In some ways trains can fly.
    • Mag- Magnetic
    • Lev- (Levitation- “Rising into the air”)
      • Floats 1cm above the track
  • Maglev- An electric train that magnetically levitates over a track and can travel at high speeds.
differences
Differences :
  • Regular trains are slowed by friction caused by the wheels.
    • Maglev trains do not touch the track.
      • Friction is eliminated
  • Regular trains are also very noisy.
    • Quiet, Smooth, super fast ride.
differences1
Differences:
  • Maglev trains do not have an engine
    • Are Powered by large electrical power source
    • Metal coils lining a guide way or track
      • In front of train attracts
      • Behind Train Repels
types
Types:
  • Repelling- Electrodynamic Suspension (EDS) Used in Japan
  • Attracting- Electromagnetic suspension (EMS) Used in Germany
how fast do they go
How Fast Do They Go?
  • The lack of friction allows trains to reach speeds up to 310 mph
    • That is 2x as fast as Amtrak
the environment
The Environment:
  • Maglev Trains are much cleaner than conventional trains
    • They Run on Electricity not Fossil Fuels
disadvantages
Disadvantages:
  • COST
    • Estimated costs for building a maglev train system in the United States range from $10 million to $30 million per mile
  • Flexibility
    • Other forms provide more flexibility in destination points
advantages
Advantages:
  • Speed of Travel (310 mph)
  • Environmentally Friendlier
  • Maintenance
    • No wheels, axles or suspension
review
Review:
  • Mag- Magnetism
  • Lev- Levitation
  • Propelled by Electromagnetic Coils
    • Speeds up to 310 MPH
  • Very Expensive to Build
refrences
Refrences:
  • http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shire/3075/maglev.html
  • http://travel.howstuffworks.com/maglev-train.htm
  • http://www.railserve.com/maglev.html
  • Images:
    • http://images.google.com/images?q=magnetic%20levitation&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tab=wi