Low Speed Maglev Technology Development Program
General Atomics, Husan Gurol, Robert Baldi, Phillip Jeter, et al.
Prepared for the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Technology (Venkat Pindiprolu, TRI20), March 2002, 59pp.
Project Number FTA-CA-26-7025-02.1
This is the first research project report to be published under the FTA Low Speed Urban
Magnetic Levitation Technology Development Program (Urban Maglev Program). The overall
objective of the Urban Maglev Program is to develop magnetic levitation technology that
will be a cost-effective, reliable, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound option for
urban mass transportation. This final report provides an overview of the progress made
during the 18 months of the program. The principal subsystems investigated include:
levitation, propulsion, power supply, communication and controls, guideway, and vehicle.
The report provides a summary assessment of the status of Maglev technology developments
in the U.S. and abroad, and provides the results of a number of trade studies performed by
the General Atomics team. It also includes a summary of urban Maglev design requirements
and a description of a Maglev system meeting these requirements. An engineering and
construction schedule for the selected system is also provided. The General Atomics Urban
Maglev system represents refinements that evolved from the Maglev technologies developed
by the United States, Germany, Japan, and Korea over the last three decades. Development
of magnetic levitation technology is intended to demonstrate energy efficiency, congestion
mitigation, and safety benefits. 02-0322
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Report Number: FTA-CA-26-7025-02.1