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Magnetic Levitation ( MagLev ) Laboratory

Directed by Dr.Thomas Alberts

Old Dominion University is aggressively pursuing the development of advanced technology for magnetic levitation (MagLev) transportation systems. With a 3400' elevated guide way in place and multiple test vehicles, ODU is positioned as the leading MagLev research institution in the nation.

The principal focus of the current effort is "Urban MagLev", i.e. low to medium speed systems.  Work is divided into two parts:

1.     Demonstration of the MagneMotion Inc. (MMI) M3 technology on the ODU guide way as part of an effort funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and led by MMI.

2.     An internal R&D effort, dubbed "MagTechODU", examining a wide range of technology options. A test "bogie" has been developed and is being tested on the guide way.

ODU hopes to prove that MagLev is a safe, affordable, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly transportation option.

Official MagLev Page



MagLev Track over Hampton Blvd.

MagLev Test Vehicle

3D Model for MagLev Vehicle