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Made by evico: the large scale test-platform for railway-systems with Superconductor Bearings

evico has designed and constructed a full scale R&D-facility for a transportation system with superconducting bearings for the Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden. The project was implemented by evico as the system supplier from the concept to the turn-key handover in cooperation with regional partners.

During a test phase lasting several years, the test facility provided valuable scientific findings and attracted a large number of technology-enthusiastic visitors, such as scientists, school classes, and clubs for demonstrations and events. In 2018, the facility was dismantled in Dresden and transported to KIT in Karlsruhe. It will be rebuilt there at the Institute of Technical Physics in an open-air site and investigated and further developed in particular with regard to its corossion properties.

Recommissioning is planned for summer 2021.

4.8 tons of NdFeB magnets have been mounted into iron-yokes for the 80 m long magnetic track. A new track-design has been developed together with a semi automatic mounting tool for the efficient manufacturing of the magnetic driveway. In addition a passive reaction rail of the linear drive as well as cables and converters for the inductive energy supply have been installed. For the first time a turnout switch has been implemented using the concept of a mechanical gliding switch.