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My Project

  1. Feb 20, 2008 #1
    Hi all, if i'm in the wrong place please do let me know...I am in first year electrical engineering and I am asked to do a project with a group but we are having trouble selecting which project make from this list:

    1. MAGLEV : Use of magnetic field to build a magnetically
    levitating model train

    4. Current meters : Magnetic field is used to detect the current
    value in conductors and in electronic tracks

    5. Digital compass : The Earth’s magnetic field is used to find the
    direction of the “Magnetic North Pole”

    7. Mapping of equipotential surfaces -
    Mapping and plotting the equipotential
    surfaces between two conductors at different
    potential levels

    8. Magnetic breaking system : Use of magnetic field to build a magnetic
    breaking system

    9. Ignition coil : Used in cars for spark plugs

    Can you please help us choose?

    Now I am thinking of choosing the "Magnetic Breaking System"...do you think its possible to design a simple model of that system? if it is possible, how many students would it take to make it? given that we are required to write a report as well and not just make the thing.

    We will buy the stuff locally so please put that in consideration as well, we don't want to wander for sophisticated electronics or sensors which we won't find in the local egyptian market.
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  3. Feb 20, 2008 #2
    id do the maglev purely because it sounds fun and interesting,,, also it may be possible to explore different topics within that topic....
    so for me definetly mag lev
  4. Feb 20, 2008 #3


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    I'd just go with the basic kindergarten neutron bomb, but that's just because I like to push dubya's buttons through his cronies in NSA who monitor the site. :biggrin:
  5. Feb 21, 2008 #4
    i am seriously considering the Maglev train model. Although I know how to levitate it, I don't know how to move it...can anyone help??

    Its either that or the magnetic braking system - rotational movement-....can anyone help me on that either so i can finally choose???

    thanks guys
  6. Feb 21, 2008 #5


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    "Although I know how to levitate it, I don't know how to move it...can anyone help??"
    Take a motor and unroll it; it becomes a linear motor.
  7. Feb 22, 2008 #6
    Thanks very much, how can i find the formulas to calculate the force required to levitate the load...i know "how" its done but i don't know the formulas to use, can you drop any hints?
  8. Feb 22, 2008 #7
    you could also use electricity to increase the magnetic force on either the back or front of the train to push it forward,,,, but thats a little bit complex
  9. Feb 23, 2008 #8
    For levitation i intend to use a premenant magnet on the load/train and electricity to produce an opposite magnetic field to repel the load and levitate it...and i'll use the concept of linear motors/electromagnetic propulsion to move the load/train, am i right so far?
  10. Feb 25, 2008 #9
    for that maglev, consider a hallbach array. also, some of these projects seem pretty complicated for freshman level students, although I don't know how in depth you will go into it.
  11. Feb 26, 2008 #10
    Funny, I was rather thinking that too... :D
  12. Apr 12, 2008 #11
    hello guys, i am having troubles with the maglev project and was hoping you could help....what we reached so far is that we -me and my group- will use a steel core electromagnet (circular or rectangular) to suspend a permenant magnet, the electromagnet will be large enough to contain the permenant magnet and form some sort of a cushion to repel the magnet enough for levitation. is this design for electromagnetic levitation logical?? the permenant magnet will have a circular shape as well.

    I don't want to include sensors or circuitry in the project, since it will cost us more of what we don't have ~ time.

    next we will try to use guideways for propulsion but i still can't form a clear image of this is going to be done...can anyone please help? I've read alot and researched alot but didn't reach a noticeable practical step in the project.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2008
  13. Apr 14, 2008 #12
    I assume you realise that you will need some kind of feedback circuit to prevent your levitated thing just going clunk against the electromagnet?

    That inverse square law is a real bummer...
  14. Apr 14, 2008 #13
    nope, can't have that feedback circuit, i'll try to adjust the current myself until reaching a good stable levitation...then i'll think of something for propulsion.
  15. Apr 15, 2008 #14
    Good luck with that :biggrin:

    Just remember to keep your fingers out of the way when doing it...
  16. Apr 15, 2008 #15

    man, if u can't offer me help, don't laugh at me ok...its not funny and i'm in trouble cuz i'm working with a bunch of lazy-ass people and i really can't include circuitry cuz i don't have the time to, so spare the laughs.
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  18. Apr 16, 2008 #17
    I'm not laughing at you... I'm attempting to help you realise that a feedback circuit is necessary to control your project...

    Without it, you'll need reactions like lightning to have any chance whatever of controlling your device.

    And that's just controlling the distance it rides at...

    How do you think this little toy levitated globes work?

    They use a feedback circuit to stabilise the distance... otherwise the globe just falls to the floor or goes clunk to the top...

    I know what it's like to have lazy people on a project.

    I see a lot of them in my work.

    Best of luck.

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