A Study of the Effect of Using Electrodynamic Wheels in Series


The mechanical rotation of a radially positioned permanent magnet Halbach array above a conducting, non-magnetic, track generates a travelling time-varying field that can inductively create suspension and propulsion forces simultaneously. This ‘Electrodynamic Wheel’(EDW) could be used to create a relatively cheap form of maglev transportation since the track would only consist of thin sheets of aluminum and no track electrification is necessary. The effect of using multiple EDW’s in series is studied by using 2D steady-state finite element analysis. It is shown that the thrust efficiency can be considerably improved by increasing the number of EDW's used in series. A comparison is made between an EDW driven maglev vehicle and other maglev vehicle systems.

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@inproceedings{Lipo2005ASO, title={A Study of the Effect of Using Electrodynamic Wheels in Series}, author={Thomas A. Lipo}, year={2005} }