Maglev Trains Essay

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Maglev Trains Over the past two centuries transportation saw an evolution like nothing before; travels that would take days or months, took days or even hours using new transportation methods. Perhaps one of the earliest methods used for transportation were trains, but soon after the invention of the first trains, cars were invented, and due to the fact that they were faster and more private, people preferred travelling in cars more than in trains. Soon, trains got outdated, but the invention of the maglev train in the 21st century brought back train transportation faster than ever. Maglev trains work using a very simplistic yet efficient method, which is the principle of magnetic attraction and repulsion. It's very well known that in magnets, similar poles repel, while opposite poles attract. Electromagnets are similar to other magnets in the fact that they attract metal objects, but different because the magnetic pull is temporary. Three basic components make what we know as a Maglev train, which are the presence of a large electrical power source, metal coils lining the track, and large magnets mounted on the underside that guide the train. The main difference between Maglev trains and normal steam trains is that Maglev trains do not relay on an engine to move, but instead uses magnets to help it gain speed. The word Maglev is short for magnetic levitation, which indicates that Maglev trains practically levitate above the ground. Currently there are two methods that Maglev trains use to work. The first of these two methods is called the Electromagnetic suspension (EMS) and it was developed by German scientists. An electromagnet that's embedded into the track repels the magnets on the train's undercarriage, causing the train to levitate between 1 to 10 centimeters above the track depending on the strength of the magnet. The

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