MOSEM² Möbius Maglev Train

MOSEM² Möbius Maglev Train Track

A world-first superconducting flux pinning demonstrator with a magnetically levitated train rotating about its own axis in three dimensions.


Möbius track for superconducting magnetically levitating train

As part of the MOSEM² project a group of students at Vestfold University College, Norway, has developed and produced a unique Möbius-shaped magnetic track for a superconducting levitating train. This is an extension of the High-Tech Kit from the MOSEM project, which contains a straight (linear) magnetic track for demonstration of two types of levitation; with the Meissner effect and with flux pinning.

The superconducting Maglev Train employs the flux pinning phenomenon to stay “on track” while it zips around the track. Since the track has the geometry of a Möbius band, it allows the train to keep going in circles while also turning around its own axis. A short explanation of how this works can be found on our exhibition poster.

MOSEM² Maglev Train levitating above Möbius TrackThis proves that levitation with flux pinning is highly stable and different from magnetic levitation by simple magnetic repulsion using electromagnets (used by commercial full-size levitating trains) or permanent magnets (used by some model trains) that can only work on a horizontal track.

We believe this model demonstrates a completely new concept that inspires a vision for the future of transportation.

See our video on YouTube of the Möbius track and train

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The article was written on 12/10/2011, in the category Products.

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