Russian Maglev

Doctor, Professor Anatoly Zaitsev, Head of the Scientific and Educational Centre for Innovative Development of Passengers’ Transportation in PGUPS (SECIDPT):

As for magnetic levitation transport system “Russian maglev”, its properties  and results of the studies carried out have been described in detail in the monogrpah “Magnetic levitation transport technology”.

In Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University and JSC «NIIEFA» full-scale modelling has been carried out.

An ambitious task has been solved to work out permanent (uninterrupted) magnetic levitation from zero-speed till the set one. It’s been determined 500 km/h – in theory we could have reached a higher value. Solutions have been found to significantly decrease electric power consumption for ensuring levitation and train movement compared to conventional “wheel-rail” technology.

A full-scale model of magnetic levitation platform with a standard sea container has been constructed and is now being tested. The already created method of calculation of magnetic force for creation of levitation and absence of permanent magnets degradation have been confirmed. An element of synchronous linear motor has been demonstrated.

All these are original patented solutions.

There is a wide range of partner enterprises which are ready to issue products for building an experimental transport system.  The cooperation with D.V.Efremov Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus is being developed. In Saint Petersburg, magnetic levitation technology falls within 60 different companies and organisations’ orbit. We also maintain contacts with the country’s other regions – Moscow, Volgograd.

The main advantages of Russian maglev lie within economic aspect. These are relative construction simplicity of rolling stock, lower consumption of specific energy, and lower infrastructure costs.