Overview

This page aims to provide an overview over Maglev Resarch Programmes and Institutes. 

This cannot be a complete list, as many research programmes - especially when related to military research - are not officially known. 

There is no ranking in this list: The Programmes and Institutions are listed in alphabetically.

 

  • Brazil - MagLev-Cobra Project: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  • China - Southwest Jiaotong University
  • China - Tongji University, Shanhghai
  • China - CNR CRC Tangshan - Changchun Railway Vehicle Co.
  • China - Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group
  • Germany TVE Testing Facility Emsland
  • Germany - ThyssenKrupp in Kassel, in cooperation mit Siemens and TVE.
  • Germany University of Paderborn
  • Germany - SupraTrans, IFW Dresden
  • Germany - echnische Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Betriebssysteme elektrischer Bahnen
  • Japan - Linimo HSST Linimo Development programme
  • Japan - RTRI
  • Russia - Alexander I. Petersburg State Transport University
  • South Korea - Rotem Urban Maglev
  • Switzerland - Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL
  • USA - FTA's UMTD program
  • USA - General Atomics Urban Maglev Program
  • USA - MagneMotion Maglev
  • USA - Magtube by LaunchPoint Technologies, Inc.
 

Known Research programmes


This cannot be a complete list, as many research programmes - especially when related to military research - are not officially known. 

The Programmes and Institutions are listed in alphabetically, grouped by geographical regions. 


Brazil

 

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

MagLev-Cobra Project: A real scale experimental line, 200 meters long, on open air, has been constructed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ). The vehicle can transport up to 20 persons. The suspension is based on the levitation properties of high temperature superconductors (YBCO) in the presence of NdFeB magnets. The traction is given by a linear induction motor.

 

 

China (People's Republic of) 


Southwest Jiaotong University

On December 31, 2000, the first Chinese high-temperature superconducting maglev was tested successfully at Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China.



Tongji University

Tongji University is considered one of the leading universities under the State Ministry of Education in the People's Republic of China. As a state key university, it has a strong focus on technology and has conducted maglev research for several years.



CNR CRC Railway Vehicle Co.

The CNR CRC is researching about a superconductor medium/low speed magnetic levitating train and has recently disclosed the testing of a high speed Maglev, based on Transrapid technology.




Germany 

Supra Trans, IFW Dresden

SupraTrans is developed at the IFW in Dresden. It is a new maglev system, based on the application of permanent magnets.
Its planned to use it for low speed maglev trains like streetcars and eventually for cargo maglevs.



ThyssenKrupp, Siemens

ThyssenKrupp in Kassel researches, tested and maufactured the Transrapid maglev system, in cooperation mit Siemens and TVE.



University of Paderborn

The University of Paderborn has built a maglev test track on its campus.



Technische Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Betriebssysteme elektrischer Bahnen

Technische Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Betriebssysteme elektrischer Bahnen, is one of the leading, independant research institutes about maglev matters in Germany.




Japan 

RTRI Railway Technical Research Institute

The RTRI, Japan, is considered one of the leading maglev research institutes worldwide.


JR Tokai

will build the Chuo maglev Shinkansen (Tokyo - Nagoya - Osaka).

 

 

Russia

 

Alexander I. Petersburg State Transport University

The famous Russian Alexander I. Petersburg State Transport University currently researches about cargo maglev systems.

 


USA 

Federal Transit Administration FTA's Urban Maglev Technology Demonstration program UMTD

In the US, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has funded the design of several low-speed urban maglev demonstration projects.  It has assessed HSST for the Maryland Department of Transportation and maglev technology for the Colorado Department of Transportation. The FTA has also funded work by General Atomics at California University of Pennsylvania to demonstrate new maglev designs, the MagneMotion M3 and of the Maglev2000 of Florida superconducting EDS system. Other US urban maglev demonstration projects of note are the LEVX in Washington State and the Massachusetts-based Magplane.



Old Dominion University Maglev

A track of less than a mile in length has been constructed at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.



General Atomics Urban Maglev Program

General Atomics is researching and testing an Urban maglev System fo the EDS type for Public Transport. The test site is in San Diego, USA.



MagneMotion (Urban) Maglev

The MagneMotion Maglev is based on Electromagnetic Suspension, using permanent magnets.  MagneMotion's headquarters are in Acton, MA, USA.




South Korea 

Rotem  Co.

... is researching and testing an Urban Maglev system.



Switzerland 

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL

The EPFL does some basic research about the Swissmetro Project.