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Optimization of guideway coil dimensions for a magnetic levitation system

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2 Author(s)
Yu Ju Chen ; Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab., CA, USA ; Jun Feng

A fast computer code that generates currents and forces for multiple magnetic levitation (MAGLEV) vehicle coils over a discrete guideway of arbitrary geometry has been developed, tested, and verified. A study of coil dimensions for overlapping loops, ladders, and discrete loops has been conducted to determine the optimal guideway design. A parameter known as “figure of merit” has been defined to assist in evaluating the level of “merit” for a particular track configuration. From this, it has been discovered that, for most cases, ladder tracks are a better configuration over both overlapping and discrete loops. On closer inspection, it was also discovered that an aspect ratio of unity for the dimensions of a ladder track yields the best overall results

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Sep 1997

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