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Magnetically suspended vehicles – the dream and the reality


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Magnetic levitation is a fascinating yet underused development in transportation technology. Come and hear about its 50 year history, and what we might expect to see in the future!

Date and Time

06 March 2013 - 18:30-20:30


Bedford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.

About this event

Joint event with the UK Automatic Control Council

The technology of Maglev is now 50 years old and yet exploitation remains minimal, despite the expectations arising from the initial dreams.  The lecture will weave together the speaker’s own research involvement in the subject since the 1970s with an overview of what else has been done and achieved. It will provide a technical and historical appraisal, starting with the expected features believed in the early days to characterise the benefits of Maglev, outlining the various manifestations of the technology and reviewing the actual achievements against the initial expectations, i.e. to assess the viability of the original dream. The author will offer a commentary on the present day barriers and opportunities, and present some suggestions for R&D emphasis looking to the future.


Sandwiches from 6:30pm
Lecture starts at 7pm.

Additional information


Roger Goodall, Loughborough University

Speaker biography

After graduation Roger Goodall worked for two years for one of the GEC companies. In 1970 he joined British Rail's R & D Division in Derby, where he was involved in a variety of control-related projects connected with the railway industry, in particular a key involvement as designer of the control system and other features for the world’s first operational Maglev system at Birmingham Airport.

In 1982 he moved to Loughborough University, and is currently Professor of Control Systems Engineering.  His research is concerned with a variety of practical applications of advanced control and monitoring, usually for high performance electro-mechanical systems. Specific research projects have been concerned with active railway vehicle suspensions (including Maglev), advanced sensor system architectures for aerospace applications, and targetted processor architectures for implementation of high-performance controllers.

He has been a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK for a number of years, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007.  

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