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Magnetically suspended vehicles - the dream and the reality

Roger Goodall

From: Magnetically suspended vehicles - the dream and the reality, 17 October, London, Uk

17 October 2012  Transport channel

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About the presentation

The technology of Magnetically Suspended Vehicles (Maglev) is now 50 years old and yet exploitation remains minimal, despite the expectations arising from the initial dreams.
The lecture has weaved together the speaker's own research involvement in the subject since the 1970s with an overview of what else has been done and achieved.
It has provided a technical and historical appraisal, it started with the expected features believed in the early days to characterise the benefits of Maglev, outlining the various manifestations of the technology and reviewing the actual achievements against the initial expectations, i.e. to assess the viability of the original dream.
The speaker offers a commentary on the present day barriers and opportunities, and presents some suggestions for R&D emphasis looking to the future.
Organiser IET Control and Automation Network and UKACC

About the speaker

Roger Goodall graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1968. After working for two years for one of the GEC companies he joined British Rail's R & D Division in Derby, where he was involved in a variety of control-related projects connected with the railway industry, in particular a key involvement as designer of the control system and other features for the world's first operational Maglev system at Birmingham Airport.
In 1982 he took up an academic post at Loughborough University, and is currently Professor of Control Systems Engineering. His research is concerned with a variety of practical applications of advanced control and monitoring, usually for high performance electro-mechanical systems, and has received funding from the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Commission and numerous industrial organisations.
The research is concerned with active railway vehicle suspensions (including Maglev),advanced sensor system architectures for aerospace applications, and targeted processor architectures for implementation of high-performance controllers, and he is best known internationally for his research in railway vehicle technologies.
He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK for a number of years, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007.
He has served as Chairman of the Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems for IFAC (2000-2005), Chairman of the UK Automatic Control Council (2005-2008), Chairman of the IMechE Railway Division (2009-2010) and is currently Vice-President of IFAC for 2008-2014.

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