Magnetic Suspension — Today’s Marvel, Tomorrow’s Tool

  • Pierce L. Lawing

Abstract

There have been more than a dozen Magnetic Suspension Systems (MSS) built and used during the past 30 years (references 1, 2 and 3). There are now six systems in use around the world. All are small, and generate inadequate levels of Reynolds number for simulation purposes. Because of advances in supporting technologies, and the continued advocacy and development of MSS by Langley Research Center, it is now possible to build MSSs for large tunnels. Advances in superconductivity, large magnet construction, computers, automatic control techniques, and innovation in MSS design, make the use of MSS with large tunnels both possible and very attractive. References 4, 5, and 6 deal with the systems aspect of integrating MSS into large tunnels. Reference 7 updates the status of MSS research.

Keywords

Vortex Mercury Torque Helium Beach 

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