discussed a couple of times the U.S.'s growing
gap in high speed rail compared to China. As fossil
fuels become more scarce, more expensive, and more dangerous from a
political standpoint, mass transit solutions look increasingly
speed rail is particularly promising as it promises not only
to reduce fossil fuel use, but also to get you to your destination
faster.Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences
and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) reportedly are preparing a
record-shattering 1,000 kilometer per hour train, according
to the Beijing
new trains will make use of a vacuum tube to reduce friction losses.
They will first build a prototype vacuum magnetic suspension
train capable of traveling between 500 and 600 kph. That
gives it a shot at breaking the record set by Japan's JR-Maglev
train, which achieved a speed of 581 km/h (361 mph).
The record for a traditional railed train was set by France's TGV at
574.8 km/h (357.18 mph).After the prototype, the
group plans to implement a smaller train capable of speeds of as much
as 1,000 kph. Shen Zhiyun, a member of the research
"The speed can be reached by making vacuum pipelines for maglev
trains to run through, with no air resistance."Daryl
Oster, who owns the U.S. patent on evacuated tube (vacuum) rail, now
works at the CAE. Along with Zhiyun and another researcher,
Zhang Yaoping, he is leading efforts to deploy the technology.
The team hopes to begin laying ETT rail lines within the next ten
years.It would use less steel than current trains, but would
be slightly more expensive. China is targeting a cost of 200
million yuan ($29.54M USD) per kilometer for its traditional
rail. The Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) rail would
cost approximately 210 to 220 million yuan ($31.0M USD to
$32.49M USD) per kilometer.Currently the planned trains
travel at 350 kph. A cost increase of 5 to 10 percent seems a
fair tradeoff to score nearly twice the speed. It's just one
more example of how ambitious China is when it comes to high speed
quote: Yeah, we American's wouldn't want to upset the international community now would we?
quote: You've done a good job of upsetting the rest of the world so far, why buck the trend?
quote: On that note... NEVER expect nor ask for our help during any disaster be it man made or natural. We wouldn't want to "upset" you and further.
quote: If Bush hadn't sent that elite team of saboteurs, the levies would have held up. Curse your Bush! -sarcasm
quote: While we're at it lets also have sympathy for people that park single wide trailers in TORNADO ALLEY.
quote: You are a pathetic fool if you think my efforts should go to save people who build their homes in places that are very susceptible to flooding/fires/earthquakes.
quote: That flood almost cleansed that entire area of scum that was living there.
quote: I guess we should have just sat back and watched when the earthquake at Hati came too huh?
quote: Unfortunately, no level of government wanted to pay for their maintenance and improvement.
quote: They had 15 years warning that this was possible..
quote: I've been there both before and since and I can say that your assertion is founded solely in ignorance.
quote: Within 24 hours the US had established an air bridge to Haiti and...
quote: Which goes back to my statement about where its STUPID TO LIVE BELOW SEA LEVEL THAT HAS A REAL GOOD CHANCE OF FLOODING. And another thing... should we rely on "government" to babysit us? Can we not use common sense to protect ourselves and our families.
quote: So you went to the "good parts" which accounts for about 2% of the entire city? Good comparison that you made there...