MOSEM² Möbius Maglev Train

Superconducting maglev train flying around Möbius-shaped track at Warsaw Science Picnic while Vegard Stornes Farstad from SRD presents superconducting flux pinning levitation, the mechanism behind the flying train. Photo courtesy of SRD.

A world-first superconducting flux pinning demonstrator with a magnetically levitated train rotating about its own axis in three dimensions.

Möbius track for superconducting magnetically levitating train

As part of the MOSEM² project a group of students at Vestfold University College, Norway, has developed and produced a unique Möbius-shaped magnetic track for a superconducting levitating train. This is an extension of the High-Tech Kit from the MOSEM project, which contains a straight (linear) magnetic track for demonstration of two types of levitation; with the Meissner effect and with flux pinning.

The Möbius track employs the flux pinning phenomenon to keep the train “on track” while it zips around the track. The geometry of a Möbius band allows the train to keep going in circles while also turning around its own axis. A short explanation of how this works can be found on our exhibition poster.

Superconducting train and plexiglass spacer on linear track before coolingThis proves that levitation with flux pinning is highly stable and different from magnetic levitation by simple magnetic repulsion using electromagnets (used by commercial full-size levitating trains) or permanent magnets (used by some model trains) that can only work on a horizontal track.

We believe this model demonstrates a completely new concept that inspires a vision for the future of transportation.

See our video on YouTube of the Möbius track and train

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The article was written on 2011-08-26, in the category Produits.

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