3-D FEM analysis of a novel magnetic levitation system

Ugur Hasirci, Abdulkadir Balikci, Zivan Zabar, Leo Birenbaum

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This paper deals with the 3-D finite element method (FEM) analysis of a novel magnetic levitation (maglev) train driven by an air-cored tubular linear induction motor. This new maglev system originates from electromagnetic launcher (EML) technology, especially linear induction launcher (LIL) type. Some 2-D magnetic analyses based on current sheet model or transmission line approach for the LIL type launchers are available in the literature, but this paper provides an alternative way to analyze LIL type of EMLs using 3-D FEM. The analysis examines the variation of propulsion, levitation, and guidance forces induced in the moving part. It is expected that the possible results of this magnetic analysis will lead to some new and important design considerations for the novel maglev system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7073601
Pages (from-to)1261-1265
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Electromagnetic launchers (EMLs)
  • finite-element method (FEM) analysis
  • linear induction launchers (LILs)
  • magnetic levitation (maglev) trains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


Dive into the research topics of '3-D FEM analysis of a novel magnetic levitation system'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this