Numerical Analysis of Levitating Force Using Magnetic Shielding Effect of Ybco Plates

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This article has been accepted for inclusion in a future issue. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY 1

Numerical Analysis of Levitating Force Using Magnetic Shielding Effect of YBCO Plates Tomoaki Takao, Akihiro Niiro, Soichiro Suzuki, Masahiro Hashimoto, Junichiro Takeda, Toshihiro Kobayashi, and Hiroki Kamijo

Abstract—A magnetic levitation system using magnetic shielding effect of HTS bulk is studied. The system is constructed by permanent magnets, zero-field-cooled superconducting bulks and ferromagnetic rails, and lift force stability is obtained from magnetic field that is generated by the permanent magnet and is shaped by the superconducting bulks. In previous studies, we showed characteristics of lift force and stability about a basic model which had a small ferrite permanent magnet, three YBCO bulk superconductors and a short ferromagnetic bar. Now, improving the basic model, we found new models which have better characteristics of lift force by numerical analysis using 3D Integral Element Method (IEM). The new models are reported. Index Terms—Lift force stability, magnetic levitation, magnetic shielding effect, YBCO bulk.

Fig. 1. Schematic illustration of the basic model about the magnetic levitation system. The ferromagnetic bar is fixed as a rail and the vehicle is lifted upward. It is moved in the direction.




AGNETIC levitation systems using HTS bulk have high potential and various types of levitation system have been studied [1]–[3]. The systems use pinning force of the HTS bulks that enables to trap or shield magnetic field. One of the most important points about the systems is to generate stable levitation force without any active control system. This point can provide safety levitation when power failure is happened, and less power consumption is achieved for levitation. We have been focusing magnetic shielding effect of the HTS bulk, and we have been studying a magnetic levitation system using the effect [4]–[6]. In this study, only the stability of vertical direction has been studied among the stabilities of levitation, because this study is still basic stage. A basic model of the system consists of a permanent magnet, HTS bulks, and a ferromagnetic bar. The ferromagnetic bar as a rail is fixed by structures which has to be made from nonmagnetic materials. And, the magnet and the HTS bulks are placed in a transporting vehicle. The magnetic field generated from the permanent magnet is shaped by the HTS bulks, and the field reaches the ferromagnetic bar. The magnetic field nearby the HTS bulk is reduced, because the magnetic field is shaped by the HTS bulks. The lift force increases when the vehicle goes

Fig. 2. Top view of the materials. is defined as length of the magnet, and is defined as width of the magnet.



Manuscript received September 19, 2005. This work was supported by the cooperative research project between Sophia University and Railway Technical Research Institute. This work was also supported by Research Foundation for the Electrotechnology of Chubu. T. Takao, A. Niiro, S. Suzuki, M. Hashimoto, J. Takeda, and T. Kobayashi are with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Sophia University, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-8554, Japan (e-mail: H. Kamijo is with Railway Technical Research Institute, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo 185-8540, Japan. Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TASC.2006.870001

away from the rail, and the vehicle can return to the previous position. Therefore, a stable lift force without any active control system can be achieved. Another advantage of this system is to simplify the rail structure. The simple structure of rail allows reducing construction costs. We have improved the basic model of the magnetic levitation system, and we find new models that have better characteristics of lift force than previous models. The characteristics of lift force are evaluated by numerical analysis. ELF/MAGIC...
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