MOSEM² Möbius Maglev Train at Palais de la découverte in Paris

Vegard Stornes Farstad, Scientific Director of Simplicatus Research and Development, presents the Möbius track for superconducting maglev trains. Photo © SRD

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On Friday 14 October the Möbius maglev train track was displayed all day at the Palais de la découverte in Paris. We had many excited spectators – mostly school children and their teachers – which was just our target group :-)

This science museum has a range of permanent exhibits in physics and other sciences, as well as temporary exhibits. Here is a video of superconductivity and other magnetic effects from their physics exhibits.

Vegard Stornes Farstad, Scientific Director of Simplicatus Research and Development, presents the Möbius track for superconducting maglev trains. Photo © C. Rousselin, Palais de la Dècouverte

Vegard Stornes Farstad, Scientific Director of Simplicatus Research and Development, presents the Möbius track for superconducting maglev trains. Photo © C. Rousselin, Palais de la Dècouverte

In order to keep the trains “flying” we need to refill liquid nitrogen almost constantly, otherwise the superconductors will heat up above their critical temperature and lose their ability to trap the magnetic field which is the reason they can stay a fixed distance away from the magnets, not being repelled or attracted like normal magnets.

One of the most impressive sights was how the superconducting train would seem to defy gravity as it could hang in the air under the track, just as easy as it would float in the air above the track:

Superconducting maglev train is levitating a few millimeters under the track composed of more than 800 superstrong magnets. Photo © C. Rousselin, Palais de la Dècouverte

Now the train is levitating UNDER the magnetic track. The track contains more than 800 superstrong magnets. Photo © C. Rousselin, Palais de la Dècouverte

Superconducting maglev train is levitating a few millimeters above the track composed of more than 800 superstrong magnets. Photo © C. Rousselin, Palais de la Dècouverte

Superconducting maglev train levitating a few millimeters above the magnetic track. The track is shaped like a Möbius band. Photo © C. Rousselin, Palais de la Dècouverte

Our exhibit was included in the science weekend along with other exhibits from physics, chemistry and other sciences:

Möbius track at Le Palais de la découverteScience weekend at Le Palais de la découverte 14-16 Oct 2011

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The article was written on 2011-09-26, in the category Events.

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