Seraphim Urban Magnetic Levitation Program

This interagency agreement provides financial support to the Department of Energy's congressionally directed Seraphim technology project (SEgmented RAil PHased Induction Motor). Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico will lead a team of researchers to develop the Seraphim linear induction motor (LIM) for use on a monorail transportation system under development by the Colorado Intermountain Fixed Guideway Authority. For Colorado, this Seraphim linear induction system appears to be the best choice for the curves and grades in a mountain route. The system runs off an electronic charge in the track and can handle grades as steep as 8 percent, nearly three times as steep as conventional trains can climb. Although LIMs have been around for a long time, this LIM is a new and improved version of the motor. The Seraphim motor was originally designed to launch satellites into orbit. Today, it holds promise for transit applications. The Seraphim project is in its beginning stage and much technological work must be accomplished before the technology can be deployed in transit. The Seraphim project is identified and sponsored under the FTA Urban Magnetic Levitation Program.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Pindiprolu, Venkat

  • Performing Organizations:

    Department of Energy

    P.O. Box 888
    Morgantown, WV  USA  26505
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kelly, J

  • Start Date: 20030714
  • Source Data: RiP Project 5845

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459480
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: FTA-DC-26-7098
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:04PM