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Homework Help: Magnetic fields problem

  1. Nov 15, 2004 #1
    Can anyone help me with this?

    "A research lab has a magnetic facility, which can produce intense, pulsed magnetic fields. In 1 experiment, a B-field of 40 T is to be produced over a cylindrical volume, 40 cm in length and 20 cm in diameter.

    The energy required to pulse the magnet is supplied by a flywheel, constructed from a set of circular plates, 5 m in diameter and with a total mass of 10^5 kg, rotating at 500 RPM."

    Calculate how much energy is stored in the B-field

    For this, I used magnetic energy density, u = U/V = (B^2)/2μ0, where U = energy stored, V = volume in field.

    U = 8 MJ

    Estimate the reduction in angular velocity of the flywheel needed in order to supply energy necessary to produce the required B-field. Assume conversion from rotational energy to magnetic energy is 100% efficient.

    Here I'm stuck. If the conversion is 100% efficient, why can't I use KE(rot) = U, with KE(rot) = (1/2)Iω^2?
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  3. Nov 15, 2004 #2


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    It's asking for the change in the angular speed - the wheel doesn't necessarily stop:

    [tex]\frac{1}{2} I \omega_0^2= \frac{1}{2} I \omega_f^2 + E_{magnet}[/tex]
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