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First Advisor

Brian Savilonis

Date

2009

Abstract

The maglev train provides fast and efficient transportation that could potentially save energy and reduce carbon emission over short distances. The purpose of our project is to determine what the economic and environmental benefits magnetic levitation technology can bring to current transportation methods. Studies on energy efficiency and carbon emissions of common planes were compared to maglev trains. The calculations show that the maglev train used less energy and produce fewer emissions than the commercial plane. Based on these results, the maglev train provides a fast alternative to commercial plane travel, but the high initial cost and lack of route availability would hinder the development of maglev trains.

Keywords

Power the World

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Course

Power the World

Program

Great Problems Seminar

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application/pdf

Maglev Trains and their Compatibility with Modern Transportation


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