Magnetic river

Magnetic river – Wikipedia

Magnetic river is an electrodynamic magnetic levitation (maglev) system designed by Fredrick Eastham and Eric Laithwaite in 1974. It consists of a thin conductive plate on an AC linear induction motor. Due to the transverse flux and the geometry, this gives it lift, stability and propulsion as well as being relatively[vague] efficient. The name refers to the action that provides stability along the longitudinal axis, which acts similar to the flow of water in a river.


  1. Jump up to:a b Laithwaite 1973, p. 802.
  2. ^ Laithwaite 1973, pp. 802-803.
  3. ^ Laithwaite 1973, p. 803.
  4. Jump up to:a b Laithwaite 1973, p. 804.
  5. ^ Laithwaite 1973, p. 805.
  6. Jump up to:a b c Curtis 1973, p. 805.

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