Maglev Car




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this is a video of my science fair project, i thought i would post is a car that is being levitate soly due to the power of repelling magnets, the black things you see are the magnets, this car levitates about 2cm off the track, and i am currently trying to make a propulsion system by only using permanent magnets. the car is made out of foam and the blue stuff your see is double sided sticky tape to make it more aerodynamic.
*NOTE* if you saw this video on youtube, that was mine...and the picture credit goes to this site it is not my image...just wanted to point that out...

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    if you want to try and make propulsion system you could check out my instructable just look up how to build a maglev train mines going to use a system of electromagnets and other stuff to keep it floating and to move it.

    or if you want take some regular magnets and line them down the middle of the track going north south north south north south....and so on... and then on the bottom of your car put a magnet with the north side facing down on the front end and a magnet with the south side facing down on the other end of the bottom of the car and that will move it forward...mines more comlicated because it involves turning the magnets on and off and changing their polarity and keeping the car floating its very confusing so try what i said here cause that should work because thats how we set up our maglev track in 8th grade last year in engineering and technology class so good luck


    8 years ago on Introduction

    What would happen if you angled all the magnets at a 45 degree angle and have the car weigh the right amount so that they are all in line? would it work?

     Could you tilt the rows of magnets inward in order to make the car stay on track instead of using those metal sheets on the sides?
    I believe you'd also have to modify the bottom of the car accordingly, tilting its magnets.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    If you have a piece of aluminium on the bottom of the train, and you spin a magnet end for end or slide it along underneath it, it will move forward without touching.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    what if you were angle the magnets foward? that make it so the car went forward would it not?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hey guys I made a new model this year...only this Time its levitated by Air...once I finish It i will post it up so you guys can see it


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I made some thing like this for the future city Compition in NYC. I had a friendly argument with a college student about the possibility of making a  Perpetual Motion Machines with magnets. Not necessarily perpetual motion but at least spins a circuit a few of times to show the judges. 


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm going to be pedantic and say they are called carriages everywhere else


    10 years ago on Introduction

    if the car would be able to tilt forward slightly, it might move forward ti raise the back upon command, i would add an electromagnet in addition to the permanent magnets already there, and 2 wires going out for power through a push switch thats the simplest way 2 turn the electromagnet on/off, but it could also use a variety of wireless communication systems let me know if this works... :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    For the propulsion system, maybe tilt the magnets? Simple yet effective. You said they didn't have enough power, but maybe try mini Neodymium ones glued to the larger ceramic ones?

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    funny you should say that...i did try it but the magnet was actually sticking to the magnets on the ground...or yanking itself off the car...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    You would enjoy a project Don Adsitt demonstrated on his website which I duplicated. His link is: In my project, I used larger ceramic magnets that were rectangular and placed on a steel sheet with opposing polarities the full length. Then I made a roller with round magnets. I placed a sheet of plexiglass over the magnets on the steel. In fact, I had to use quarter inch thick plexiglass, or the field was too strong. End result, the magnet roller with a slight nudge would roll rapidly to the other end. Spacing is also critical in performance too. True, it isn't maglev, but it can be a means of propelling your project?