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Simple Finite Element Model of the Topografiner - new

H. Cabrera[1], D. A. Zanin[1], L. G. De Pietro[1], A. Vindigni[1], U. Ramsperger[1], D. Pescia[1]
[1]Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

In our recent experiments we are revisiting the topografiner technology for the imaging of surface topography with a resolution of a few nanometers. In these new technique called Near-Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (NFESEM), low-energy electrons are emitted from a polycrystalline tungsten tip via electric-field assisted tunneling. In order to characterize and improve the ...

Study on the Holding Characterestics of a Magnetic Gripper

R. Wadhwa[1], G. Monkman[2], and T. Lien[1]
[1]NTNU Valgrinda, Inst. for produksjons- og kvalitetstek., Trondheim, Norway
[2]FH Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Magnetic grippers are commonly used for workholding in handling and assembly of ferrous metalcasted parts. The workholding force produced by the magnetic gripper is strongly influenced by the texture and form of the workpiece in contact with its surface. This work explores the optimal design of an electromagnet to handle parts of varying profile radii by increasing the magnetic field ...

Going beyond Axisymmetry: 2.5D Vector Electromagnetics

Y.A. Urzhumov[1][,][2], N.I. Landy[1][,][2], C. Ciraci[2], D.R. Smith[1][,][2]
[1]Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
[2]Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Linear wave propagation through inhomogeneous structures of size R?? (Fig.1) is a computationally challenging problem, in particular when using finite element methods, due to the steep increase of the number of degrees of freedom as a function of R/?. Fortunately, when the geometry of the problem possesses symmetries, one may choose an appropriate basis in which the stiffness matrix of the ...

Prototype Probe Development for Liquid Injection Shutdown System Tube Gap Detection by Remote Field Pulsed Eddy Current Technique

T. V. Shyam[1], B. S. V. G. Sharma[1], J. N. Kayal[1]
[1]Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai, India

Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) play a prominent role in contributing power for the Nuclear Energy Programme in India. In 540MWe type PHWR reactors, there are horizontally placed Liquid Injection Shutdown System (LISS) tubes for injecting poison into the moderator to clamp down the nuclear power under trip conditions. The Horizontally placed LISS pipes are placed perpendicular to the ...

Electrical Scale-Up of Metallurgical Processes - new

R. Schlanbusch[1], S. A. Halvorsen[1], S. Shinkevich[1], D. Gómez[2]
[1]Teknova, Kristiansand, Norway
[2]Department of Applied Mathematics & ITMATI, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña, Spain

The problem under investigation is electrical scale-up of a generic metallurgical process for primary metal production through resistive heating of slag by electric current, typically supplied by an AC three-phase system. Maxwell’s equations are analyzed revealing that the properties of the solution is determined by the parameter (L/δ)^2, where L is the linear size of the system and δ is the ...

Field-Circuit Coupling Applied to Inductive Fault Current Limiters

D. Lahaye[1], D. Cvoric[2], S. de Haan[2], and J. Ferreira[2]
[1]Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands
[2]Electrical Power Processing Unit Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Fault Current Limiters (FCLs) are expected to play an important role in the protection of future power systems due to the rising levels of the short-circuit currents. The inductive FCLs, comprising magnetic cores and one or more dc and ac windings, are particularly interesting because they inherently react on the fault. The so-called open-core FCL configuration employs only one magnetic core for ...

AC Electroosmosis and Dielectrophoresis for Trapping Spherical Particles between Rectangular and Triangular Electrodes

S. Narayan[1], H. Francis[1], S. Ghonge[1], D.N. Prasad[1], A. Sethi[1], S. Banerjee[1], S. Kapur[2]
[1]Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
[2]Department of Biological Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

We describe methods and results of simulations done for predicting behavior of particles in an aqueous solution under an applied AC electric field on electrodes of rectangular and triangular shapes. Here the two major effects which come into play are Dielectrophoresis and AC Electroosmosis. Two simulations have been presented, one for rectangular and one for triangular shaped electrodes. We have ...

Numerical Study of Coated Electrical Contacts

P. Lindholm
Machine Design, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Electrical contacts consists of parts where the surfaces are in contact and where the actual physical contact occur just in a few contact asperity points scattered over the whole apparent contact area. Through these contact spots between the two mating bodies the mechanical load and the electric current is transmitted. Often a soft coating is used to enlarge the real contact area. Modeling the ...

Designing of End-winding Corona Protection of Generators by Help of Simulation

M. Wei[1], S. Grossman[1], J. Speck[1]
[1]Institute of Electrical Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

The job of designing end-winding corona protection (ECP) system is one of the very important and complex phases for insulation configuration of high voltage rotating machines. This complexity stems on one hand from the highly nonlinear characteristics of the ECP material and on the other hand from the coupled multiphysics phenomena of the involved performance evaluation. Simulation based ECP ...

Optimization of a Rotor Shape for Spherical Actuator with Magnetically Levitating Rotor to Match Octupole Field Distribution

M. Sidz[1], R. Wawrzaszek[1], L. Rossini[2], A. Boletis[3], S. Mingard[3], K. Seweryn[1], E. Onillon[2], M. Strumik[1]
[1]Space Research Centre of PAS, Warsaw, Poland
[2]CSEM Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
[3]Maxon Motor AG, Sachseln, Switzerland

The use of a reaction sphere as an actuator used by satellite Attitude Control System was proposed over twenty years ago. In principle this concept assumes the use of a single reaction sphere which can be accelerated in any direction instead of a set of reaction wheels. The solution discussed in this work has been proposed and patented by CSEM company. Contrary to conventional ball bearing ...