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Is the Lenz Effect in a superconducting magnet strong enough to stop a bullet?

  1. Jan 23, 2013 #1
    After watching a fascinating youtube video demonstrating the Lenz Effect using a 1.5T MRI machine and an aluminum block, I was wondering if it would stop a bullet fired along the axis of the machine. If so, would there be any defensive military application?
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  3. Jan 23, 2013 #2


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    When you ask something like this, you need to think further and see if the result is worth the effort. Note what is involved in producing a 1.5 T magnet. The question on "application" must now include how reasonable and practical it can be implemented, not just if it is physically possible. So there are other factors involved here.

    And we haven't even talked about how large of a field this 1.5 T magnet must produce.

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