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MagLev Model?

  1. Apr 7, 2005 #1
    I am doing a project for my physics course....I have to design a device that uses electromagnetism.

    I'm thinking of doing something "different" rather than the boring bells/radios etc..

    Would a small-scale model of a maglev train be feasible in everyone's opinion? I am planning to build a track out of a ,metal shaft wrapped with wire connected to a battery, and the train will be a long piece of wood with magnets attached to the underside.

    Would this work in levitating the magnets and wood? I raelize that the main problem is stability; I need to keep the "train" from tipping over so I plan to build "walls" on either side of the track that stabilize the train like this:


    Would this work? How powerful do the batteries need to be? do I need two parallel tracks or one?
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