China's quest for high-speed rail technology never stops, as the country has taken on the challenge of building maglev trains at speeds of up to 1,000 kilometers per hour, following the commissioning of maglev trains at speeds of up to 600 kilometers per hour earlier this year.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 24 to mark the official launch of a maglev test line in China's northern province of Shanxi designed for speeds of up to 1,000 kilometers per hour, the Science and Technology Daily reported Tuesday.
(Source: Science and Technology Daily)
The high-speed train uses superconducting magnetic levitation technology to disengage from the ground to eliminate frictional drag and a near-vacuum internal duct line to dramatically reduce air resistance to achieve travel speeds of more than 1,000 kilometers per hour, Ma Tiehua, dean of North Central University's School of Electrical and Control Engineering, was quoted as saying in the report.
With the support of these technologies, the high-speed train is faster, more convenient, more comfortable, safer and economically controllable, Ma said.
The high-speed train can reach a speed of 300 meters per second, which is equivalent to the speed of a conventional bullet, just like "Let The Bullets Fly," Ma said.
Ma also said the high-speed train's low-vacuum, magnetic levitation technology gives the vehicle the potential to reach speeds well beyond the 350 kilometers per hour of today's high-speed trains.
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Future high-speed trains are likely to exceed 1,000 km/h and even reach speeds of 3,000 kilometers per hour and 4,000 kilometers per hour, Ma said.
The project, located in Yanggao County, Datong City, will begin with a full-scale test line, according to the Science and Technology Daily.
The project's first phase of the test line will be 2 kilometers long, with the second phase extending to 5 kilometers and the third phase to 15 kilometers. It will run parallel to the original high-speed rail line when completed, leaving room for future development.
In early February, China began commissioning five maglev trains with speeds of up to 600 kilometers per hour in Qingdao, Shandong province.
Prior to that, the CR400 series of China's Fuxing locomotives had a maximum speed of 400km/h and above, with a sustained operating speed of 350km/h, making them the fastest commercially operated locomotive trains in the world.
The appearance of Qingdao's high-speed maglev train is different from that of the Fuxing train set, which has a total head length of 12 meters, while the high-speed maglev train has a total head length of 16 meters, according to Liang Jianying, deputy general manager and chief engineer of the China Railway Sifang Company, which is responsible for the development of the train.
He also said that one of the biggest differences between the two is the power. The railed high-speed train is driven by wheels acting on the track and contact with the wheel tracks.