Leonardo da Vinci

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Project hierarchy

2008-2011: MOSEM²
2007-2010: MOSEM
2004-2007: SUPERCOMET 2
2001-2004: SUPERCOMET
1998-2001: Superlab


Online materials



Möbius track for magnetically levitating train (2009-2011)

A world-first flux pinning demonstrator with a levitating train rotating about its own axis in three dimensions

As part of the MOSEM² project a group of students at Vestfold University College, Norway, has developed and produced a unique Moebius-shaped track for a superconducting levitating train. This is an extension of the MOSEM "High-Tech Kit" which contains a straight track for demonstration of two types of levitation; with the Meissner effect and with flux pinning.

The Möbius track employs the flux pinning phenomenon to keep the train "on track" while it zips around the track. The geometry of a Möbius band allows the train to keep going in circles while also turning around its own axis. This proves that levitation with flux pinning is highly stable and different from magnetic levitation by simple magnetic repulsion using electromagnets (used by commercial full-size levitating trains) or permanent magnets (used by some model trains) that can only work on a horizontal track.

This model demonstrates a completely new concept that inspires a vision for the future of transportation.

See the Moebius project website for more information! (Norwegian languauge)


The MOSEM² project (2008-2011)

MOdelling and data acquisition for continuing vocational training of upper secondary school physics teachers in pupil-active learning of Superconductivity and ElectroMagnetism based on Minds-On Simple ExperiMents

Project funding of € 300 000 €, 100% of the requested amount, was announced by the Norwegian Leonardo da Vinci National Agency in August 2008. This marks the fifth consecutive successful project proposal out of five written by Simplicatus, and it is the third of those applications where Simplicatus has been the project promoter. The first two proposals were promoted by NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.

The Kick-Off conference was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 25-26 November 2008. Development is coordinated with the MOSEM sister project (see below).

The MOSEM project (2007-2010)

Minds-On experimental equipment kits in Superconductivity and ElectroMagnetism for the continuing vocational training of upper secondary school physics teachers

The MOSEM project offers participating schools and teachers a collection of simple, thought-provoking tabletop physics experiments. Electronic and printed support materials use text, videos and animations to raise the user’s curiosity. Investigating the encountered phenomenon and doing own research with the provided materials and other sources improves motivation and learning. The project builds on many previous Leonardo and other EU projects, most notably the SUPERCOMET 2 project.


The SUPERCOMET 2 project (2004-2007)

SUPERCOnductivity Multimedia Educational Tool Phase 2

The aim of the SUPERCOMET 2 project was to contribute to changing this unfortunate trend through providing educational materials that are challenging, interesting and fun for both pupils and teachers. SUPERCOMET 2 targeted on-the-job training of physics teachers by offering a toolkit for inspiring and encouraging pupils to learn exciting physics in a non-traditional fashion.


MOSEM project status

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development in the MOSEM project.

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SUPERCOMET 2 results

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of the SUPERCOMET 2 project.

SUPERCOMET 2 downloads


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