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The goal of this study is to develop a control method for levitation stabilization of an aerodynamic levitated train named the "Aero-Train," which is a high-speed, high efficiency train system. The levitation in this system occurs because of the wing-in-ground effect that acts on a U-shaped guideway. In order to achieve the goal of this study, a small experimental prototype and a control method for stabilization along the Z axis and about the roll and pitch axes were developed, as described in this paper. The effectiveness of the developed control method is confirmed by experimental results.
Date of Conference: 9-13 May 2011