Friday, 06 Aug, 2010 Technology

Chinese Researchers Working on Maglev Train Able to Reach 1000kph


Chinese researchers from the laboratory at Southwest Jiaotong University are currently working on a vacuum maglev train that will be able to reach a top speed of 1,000kph, with the average speed being 500 to 600 kilometers per hour.

It would be interesting to note that high-speed train will run on magnetic levitation tracks that will be built into vacuum tubes located underground. The maglev train will be sucked along at a speed of about 640kph.

The cost of the project is "10 to 20 million yuan ($2.95 million) more more than the current high speed railway for each kilometer."

It is worth mentioning that the high-speed maglev train makes use of large magnets that lift it and push the train cars. In addition, the magnetic system can reach high speeds while having a very low level of noise and vibration compared to a mass train.

Chinese researchers look forward to combine the magnetic levitation technology with underground tunnels that will play the role of vacuums. Currently the biggest issue linked with high-speed train is air friction which considerably slows them. The underground tunnels are expected to solve this problem, reports China Daily.

According to the researchers the new generation maglev high-speed train will be built in 10 years.

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