Most experts agree that if Maglev is to be successfully deployed on a large scale, the cost per mile must be reduced well below that of the high-speed systems currently in use. This can be done by somewhat reducing the target speed (i.e. below 300 mph) and incorporating new technologies in the vehicle. Lower speed vehicles have been dubbed "Urban Maglev", although they may, in fact, outpace current U.S. high speed rail systems. ODU is pursuing a variety of technology options, including "smart vehicles", equipped with extensive sensor suites and advanced control strategies, and low-cost guideways. A major part of the current effort is the development of high fidelity dynamic models in order to fully understand the complex interactions of vehicles with flexible guideways. A brief introduction to various work packages is given below. In each case, more information can be found by clicking on the highlighted links.
|Guideway dynamic analysis. FEM modeling of the existing guideway, coupled with experimental modal analysis. Dynamic modeling of flexible guideways with detailed analysis of vehicle-guideway interactions.
||Test bogie. A test bogie, resembling one from the orignal full-scale vehicle has been constructed and is being used for on-track testing. Levitation is the EML approach, with linear motor propulsion.
|Control algorithm development. In a sensor-rich environment, new options for controllers exist with the promise of improved performance.
||System modeling and simulation. A suite of MATLAB/SIMULINK models are being developed for analysis of both the current and future systems.
|RIdership analysis. A specific study in support of the MMI M3 systems is being conducted. Results will suggest generalized operational modes.
||Vehicle aerodynamics. Experimental and theoretical analysis of the effects of gusts and crosswinds on vehicle performance and dynamics.