The dynamic bounce response of the Canadian designed high speed magnetically levitated vehicle is investigated when subjected to purely periodic excitations from the guideways. The equations of motion of the system are derived, on the basis of a realistic linear mathematical model, using d’Alembert’s principle of force and moment analysis. Solutions for the system responses in the time and frequency domain are obtained using numerical techniques. Although the main emphasis of this study is focused on the bounce response of the vehicle body as a measure of the ride quality of the vehicle, the vehicle pitching response as well as the bounce responses of the levitation magnets are also given appropriate attention.

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