HONOURABLE MENTION

A Better Ride

A technology that allows existing standard gauge rails to be easily and extremely cheaply be converted into maglev rails, vastly improving rail infrastructure.
Jake Lohmann
Grade 9

Problem

The problem is that the world needs far cheaper Maglev tech to ensure widespread adoption of the technology. 

Method

To create my innovation, most of the work was admittedly theoretical. However, I made several prototypes via 3D printing until I made a track design that could be consistently printed, be structurally sound, fit a train, etc. My workflow looked a bit like this:

  1. 3D print current track design
  2. If printing doesn't run smoothly, abort and skip to stage 5
  3. Test fitting (attach to regular rails, ensure that the train fits properly and magnet slots line up)
  4. If previous step succeeds, proceed to install magnets. Ensure magnets fit well and that strength is correct.
  5. Revise CAD file for better printing, better fit, efficiency, or to fix whatever went wrong

I just repeated those until I got it right. It took probably around 5 attempts. 

Analysis

If I use the Lorentz force with a strip of magnets in the tracks plus a battery-powered copper strip in the train, I can cut costs and increase printing reliability. Not to mention, I can save precious weeks from ordering, setting up, and programming a Raspberry Pi system that may not have even worked. 

P.S. Since this is an innovation, I'm not sure what I'm not meant to put here.

Conclusion

My conclusion is that I can create a cheap and cost effective maglev system.

Citations

Dodson, S. (2006, September 07). Why hasn't the UK built Superfast trains? Retrieved December 21, 2020, from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2006/sep/07/technology1.transport

Linear motor: How it works? (2016, April 28). Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://www.h2wtech.com/blog/linear-motor-how-it-works

Tip Trick (Writer). (2016, August 23). Simple Linear Motor - How to make a simple linear motor [Video file]. Retrieved December 16, 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvfz51moMaQ

Acknowledgement

I, Jake Lohmann, can confirm that I worked on my project on my own from start to finish.