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Levitation Methods for Use in the Hyperloop High-Speed Transportation System

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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Energies 2019, 12(21), 4190; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12214190
Received: 2 October 2019 / Revised: 28 October 2019 / Accepted: 29 October 2019 / Published: 2 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hyperloop and Associated Technologies)
The Hyperloop system offers the promise of transportation over distances of 1000 km or more, at speeds approaching the speed of sound, without the complexity and cost of high-speed trains or commercial aviation. Two crucial technological issues must be addressed before a practical system can become operational: air resistance, and contact/levitation friction must both be minimized in order to minimize power requirements and system size. The present work addresses the second issue by estimating the power requirements for each of the three major modes of Hyperloop operation: rolling wheels, sliding air bearings, and levitating magnetic suspension systems. The salient features of each approach are examined using simple theories and a comparison is made of power consumption necessary in each case. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hyperloop; levitation; electromagnetic suspension; air bearings; high-speed transportation Hyperloop; levitation; electromagnetic suspension; air bearings; high-speed transportation
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Chaidez, E.; Bhattacharyya, S.P.; Karpetis, A.N. Levitation Methods for Use in the Hyperloop High-Speed Transportation System. Energies 2019, 12, 4190. https://doi.org/10.3390/en12214190

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Chaidez E, Bhattacharyya SP, Karpetis AN. Levitation Methods for Use in the Hyperloop High-Speed Transportation System. Energies. 2019; 12(21):4190. https://doi.org/10.3390/en12214190

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Chaidez, Eric; Bhattacharyya, Shankar P.; Karpetis, Adonios N. 2019. "Levitation Methods for Use in the Hyperloop High-Speed Transportation System" Energies 12, no. 21: 4190. https://doi.org/10.3390/en12214190

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