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Solenoid force calculation

  1. Mar 18, 2017 #1
    Hello everyone,

    So for a personal project I want to calculate the force necessary for a solenoid (electromagnetic coil) to keep a permanent magnet triangle locked diagonally up and down at the same time so that it does not move in any direction. I need to know the values for coil thickness, amps, turns, and pretty much anything else necessary. The distance should be around 2 mm separation between faces and the weight of the triangle is around 2 kg. In the sketch, the green things are electromagnets attracting with forces Fsi and Fsii and purple is the triangle with forces Fmi and Fmii, all magnets are horizontally locked by the wall, it is just a vertical movement controlled by the magnets pulling on the triangle. This is not a homework or anything so feel free to give comments, formulas (hopefully with links to source), or any information I could use.
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  3. Mar 19, 2017 #2
    In order to fix the magnet in space the solenoid forces should act in opposite sides. If the angle between forces is less than 180 degrees then a resultant force is present.
  4. Mar 19, 2017 #3
    Ok wow thanks for the sketch and reply. Lets see if I understand though. Why does Fsi result vertically up only and Fsii result horizontally to the right only? Fsi is directly in front of Fmi and Fsii is with Fmi so that both Fs forces are pulling the triangle towards them, therefore balancing out vertically if we ignore weight. Horizontally, movement is locked since the solenoids and triangle magnet are locked to the brown walls by means of say rollers so that the don't rotate or get separated from the wall.
    You can also assume there is an isolating wall between solenoids which can partially prevent the fields from affecting each other.
    Finally, the degree between solenoids is 90 so that the resulting pull force would be right and a little bit down due to weight.
  5. Mar 20, 2017 #4
    At first you have to control the currents so the resultant vertical force will be exact the 2 kg .
    Second you can calculate the required force FsII*sin(a)=FsI*sin(b)+g where a and b are
    the angles between force vectors and the horizontal line.
    A general force eq. [in N-1kgf=9.8 N]:
    F=((N x I)^2 x k x A) / (2 x d^2) where:
    N=number of turns; A=solenoid cross section[m^2]; k=4*pi/10^7 H/m ; d=distance [m]
    You have to choose the supply voltage and to calculate the resistance [according to conductor
    material for copper ro=1/58 ohm*mm^2/m at 20oC] R=pi*diam*N*ro*kT/scu
    kT=(234.5+Tc)/(234.5+20) where Tc actual temperature of the conductor[oC]
    diam=solenoid diameter[m;] scu=cross section area of the conductor [mm^2]
    scu=~I/3 mm^2 I[A]
    If the supply voltage is a.c. you need also the reactance
    frq=50 or 60 Hz hght=solenoid height[m]
  6. Mar 20, 2017 #5
    Omg thanks a lot for this. I will get into it later on today if possible and get back if something in unclear, just ote thing, is the distance between magnets included in these formulas?
  7. Mar 20, 2017 #6
    If do you mean if the distance between solenoids does matter, in my opinion, what does is the force direction only. It has to be against the magnet, of course. However, since the horizontal motion is not allowed so rotation also is not possible.
  8. Mar 22, 2017 #7
    How do i select the current? I can't do trial and error as the point of this whole calculation is to buy the right type of coil diameter.
  9. Mar 24, 2017 #8
    Sorry, I did not think about the practical part: coil building. Here are a lot of problems:
    the total coil length limit, the number of layers, the air temperature, and the wire insulation rated
    temperature, the wind velocity and many other problem.
    For instance for 2000 turns and 0.245 A in single layer 21 V d.c. the coil length will be 55 cm the temperature of the wire 160oC [wind velocity 2m/sec air temperature 20oC –dry open air.]
  10. Mar 24, 2017 #9
    Hmm ok this just got tougher. What formula did you use for that? Also, why would it get to 160°? I would need it to work at around 50-60° tops. I don't think eddy currents would have such a large effect here to heat it up that much if i use neodymium magnets
  11. Mar 24, 2017 #10
    First, I did not know the magnet is neodymium magnets. I considered it as ferromagnetic material[usual iron or steel].
    I have no experience with neodymium magnets.
    Second, I took air as coil core not magnetic material.
    If you intend to use a magnetic core instead of air for the coil you have to know the material
    properties-as saturation curve ,hysteresis and other magnetic losses and so on.
    The temperature calculation of coil is based on convection and radiation heat evacuation compared with the losses-Plosses=R*I^2 [W].
    See for instance:
    Nevertheless it is for an other application the theory is the same.
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