‘Flight’ train to travel at 1,000 kph

Ex­pe­ri­ence in aero­space sci­ence helps tech de­vel­op­ment

Global Times - - Nation - By Liu Xuanzun

China un­veiled a scale model of its high-speed flight train that is ex­pected to travel at 1,000 kilo­me­ters an hour by 2025, with Chi­nese rail­way ex­perts say­ing the coun­try’s ex­pe­ri­ence in aero­space sci­ence would help de­velop the train.

The model was on ex­hibit at the 2018 Na­tional Mass In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship Week in Chengdu, cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince on Wed­nes­day, Chengdu Busi­ness Daily re­ported.

The train, which the Sta­te­owned China Aero­space Sci­ence and In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (CASIC) be­gan de­vel­op­ing in 2015 and dubbed “TF­light,” will use an in­te­grated, light- and heat- proof cabin 29.2 me­ters long and three me­ters wide, the re­port said.

The train will float 100 mil­lime­ters above the ground due to a close-to-vac­uum rail­way en­vi­ron­ment and mag­netic lev­i­ta­tion tech­nol­ogy, Chengdu Busi­ness Daily quoted Wang Yan, an em­ployee at CASIC’s Mag­netic Lev­i­ta­tion and Elec­tro­mag­netic Propul­sion De­part­ment, as say­ing.

“The train will slowly ac­cel­er­ate to 1,000 kilo­me­ters an hour,” Wang said, not­ing that pas­sen­gers will be safe and feel com­fort­able.

The train is ex­pected to be dis­patched ev­ery 200 sec­onds, sim­i­lar to a sub­way train, Chengdu Busi­ness Daily re­ported, cit­ing a pro­mo­tional video at the event.

To­gether with US-based Hyper­loop Trans­porta­tion Tech­nolo­gies and Hyper­loop One, CASIC is among only three com­pa­nies in the world that have an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment of a trans­porta­tion sys­tem with a de­signed speed faster than 1,000 kilo­me­ters an hour, Wang said.

“CASIC started be­hind its com­peti­tors, but its ex­pe­ri­ence with aero­space sci­ence has given it a de­cent start in the de­vel­op­ment of the high-speed flight train,” Wang said.

Sun Zhang, a rail­way ex­pert and pro­fes­sor at Shang­hai Tongji Univer­sity, told the Global Times on Thurs­day that many tech­nolo­gies like elec­tro­mag­netic propul­sion used in the flight train are sim­i­lar to aero­space tech­nolo­gies.

The ex­hibit of the flight train shows that China is keep­ing up with its US coun­ter­part in the field, Sun said.

The train will reach the test speed of 1,000 kilo­me­ters an hour by 2023, and will be ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers at that speed by 2025, Chengdu Busi­ness Daily re­ported.

How­ever, Sun said that de­spite the fast-paced sched­ule, the tech­nol­ogy re­mains ex­per­i­men­tal and will not have a di­rect im­pact on peo­ple’s lives any­time soon.

South­west Jiao­tong Univer­sity in Chengdu is ex­per­i­ment­ing on a sim­i­lar tech­nol­ogy by de­vel­op­ing a test plat­form for trains to achieve a speed of 1,500 kilo­me­ters an hour, Bei­jing-based news­pa­per Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Daily re­ported.

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