Antigrav - Magnetic levitation train
Our project levitation trainWe are two curious and technology-interested 11th graders with a concentration in natural science at the Ensemble Saint Luc in Cambrai. As part of a coached project for the university-entrance diploma we were looking for an interesting and stunning topic. Soon, terms such as magnetism and levitation came to mind. Our topic selection boiled down to the following question: "Magnetic levitation, a new energy source or pure utopia?" To answer this question we built Antigrav, a model train with a magnetic power unit. This train is a simplification of the Japanese magnetic levitation train Maglev.
Materials usedWe used a total of 100 magnets, which, based on our calculations, needed to have an adhesive force of at least 1,5 kg in order to make the train hover. We selected block magnets Q-10-05-03-N.
Building and use of the trainAt the end we built the train. We glued 4 wooden slats next to each other and attached block magnets Q-10-05-03-N underneath on both sides. Then came the big moment. We placed the train on the tracks. The result: The train hovered as anticipated over the magnets. We only had to push it a little bit to get it into motion.
A successful projectYou can say we surprised everyone with our levitating train: Our parents, our teachers and also our friends.
Note from the supermagnete team:
A very similar project is levitating train.