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M4L, Multi-Modular-Mag-Lev-Mechanism proposal

William Shrubsole

Project title

The M4L, "Multi-Modular-Mag-Lev-Mechanism"


T317 Innovation: Designing for change

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My design applies quantum locking and gyroscopic technology to reimagine trains in service of mass-transit systems to ease railway overcrowding through the development of new infrastructure
Introducing the M4L, Multi-Modular-Mag-Lev-Mechanism
The M4L is designed for long distance commuters, giving fast travel with minimal stress and environmental harm. Frictionless movement is provided by quantum locking technology. A graphene superconductor allows levitation over a rail composed of neodymium magnets. Liquid nitrogen cools the superconductor creating a stable magnetic field, locking the train to the rail, then driven by electromagnetic propulsion using electricity.

Passenger, and cargo compartments are mounted on arms extending from the main body. Each compartment is gyroscopic, enabling tilting around corners for easier navigation through complex terrain maintaining high-speed. Commuters require efficient services reducing travel time and stress. Primary and secondary research shows Train travel currently underperforms in the UK. Overcrowding is main issue, shows most commuters unable to travel comfortably regularly. Carriage capacity on railways cannot accommodate peak-time numbers.

The problem identified was to overhaul mass transit systems to improve the traveling experience providing fast, safe, and efficient travel that is less stressful with a focus on reducing overcrowding.

The idea for the M4L was a combination of several early design concepts, involving interchangeable carriages, a mag-lev monorail train and double-decker rail carriages. 

With carriages mounted to other side of the train, the carrying capacity is doubled. The gyroscopic arms allow for cornering at higher speeds to negotiate terrain. This allows for more frequent services between transport hubs, and more people moved to their destination at speed, educing overcrowding.

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