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M-2000 guideways

As described in How The M-2000 System Works, the narrow beam guideway has two sets of panels, one on each side of the beam. The beam is a hollow box structure of reinforced, pre or post tensioned concrete. Outer dimensions are 70 feet in length, 4 feet in width, and 5 feet in height.

Each panel holds wound aluminum conductor loops. A typical panel loop assembly contains 3 different kinds of loops. The Figure of 8 null flux loops levitate the vehicle and vertically stabilize it. The long dipole loops provide LSM propulsion. The short dipole loops on the sides of the beam form a null flux circuit that horizontally stabilizes the vehicle.

The Figure of 8 and short dipole loops are discrete and not connected to their neighbors. The LSM loops connect to form a continuous electrical circuit, that runs the full length of the beam. Adjacent beams are connected to form the energized block. (The nominal block length is 4 beams.)

The loop assembly is encased in concrete to form a finished panel with outer dimensions of 10 feet in length, 40 inches in width, and 3 inches in thickness. The panels are attached in the factory to the narrow beams before they are shipped to the construction site.

The M-2000 planar guideway uses the same panels except that they are laid in two lines along the guideway. In the planar guideway, the Figure of 8 loops laterally stabilize the vehicle. The LSM long loops provide propulsion, and the short dipole loops levitate and vertically stabilize the vehicle. However, they are not connected as a null flux circuit, but operate as simple loops.

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