Immerse yourself deeply in the machine and the person behind it.
You’ve probably heard of The new Chinese ultra-fast maglev train, which came off the assembly line on July 20. The train can reach high speeds of 600 km / h, making it the fastest land vehicle in the world today. But how does it manage to reach such high speeds? Of course, with exquisite and adventurous engineering.
Maglev (magnetic levitation) is a rail transport technology that uses the forces of magnetic repulsion and electromagnetism to work. It uses two sets of magnets, one that resists the train and pushes it off the track, and the other drives the raised train forward using the lack of friction. This process allows the wagons to essentially be carried around the rails!
This system was first conceptualized in the 1940s by Professor and Inventor Robert Goddard and Professor and Engineer Emil Bashelet. In the video embedded above, Laithwaite describes the science of magnetism and the linear motor behind his plans for the maglev train, which he perfected in the 1970s. Then the first maglev commercial train will debut at Birmingham Airport in 1984, and if you’re curious to learn more about them, listen to their story from their inventor above and enjoy as always!