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Homework 1: Choose Patent

The patent that I have chosen is one for a magnetic levitation transportation system, commonly called a "MagLev". It patents the idea of suspending a vehicle above fixed tracks consisting of permanent magnets as well as ceramic magnets to control the attraction/repulsion, and therefore the height, of the vehicle with respect to the track.


Patent # 4,307,668December 29, 1981 Roy D. Vinson Patents Cited:

  1. 3,460,485 Electromagnetically Propelled Vehicles
  2. 4,029,020 Magnetically Levitated Vehicle with Module Construction of Suspension and Propulsion Means