3D electromagnetic analysis of levitating transporter using bulk superconductor

Hiroshi Ueda, Satoshi Azumaya, Satoshi Tsuchiya, Atsushi Ishiyama

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We have constructed and demonstrated levitating transporter models composed of the superconductor bulks (HTS bulks) and permanent magnets. The dynamic characteristics of lift force, lateral force and magnetic stiffness are very important for the design of superconducting devices such as a levitation system. The electromagnetic phenomenon should be clarified through the accurate analyses of the magnetic field and shielding current distributions within HTS bulks. In this study, we developed a new simulation program based on the three-dimensional hybrid finite element and boundary element (3D hybrid FE-BE) method, which combines with the fast multipole method (FMM). By using the FMM, it is possible to solve the large-scale problem with a reduction of the required memory size and improvement of the accuracy. This simulation program can consider the anisotropic and nonlinear E - J characteristics of HTS bulks. The results of experiment and numerical simulation are in good agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1643039
Pages (from-to)1092-1095
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D hybrid finite and boundary element method
  • Fast multipole method
  • HTS bulk
  • Levitating transporter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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