Faculty Advisor

Meacham, Brian Jay

Faculty Advisor

Pavlov, Oleg V.

Faculty Advisor

Rangwala, Ali S


A vacuum train (VacTrain) refers to the concept of a high speed transportation system which consists of a magnetically levitated train (Maglev) that travels in an evacuated tunnel. Several studies have been conducted on the existent magnetic levitation train and its fire safety aspects. However, no research exists for the fire hazards in the vacuum train itself. This project analyzes the fire safety characteristics of systems closely related to the VacTrain and its environment in order to predict its fire hazards. Based on these findings, the most efficient suppression systems and evacuation techniques were proposed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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