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Analysis of Eddy Current Brakes

Analysis of Eddy Current Brakes

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Published by: Syed Sameer Jilani on Nov 07, 2010
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“Analysis of EddyCurrent Brakes usingMaxwell 3D Transient”
Mark Christini, VincentDelafosse, QingmingChen
 Ansoft Corporation
What are Eddy Current Brakes?
Eddy current brakes, like conventional friction brakes, areresponsible for slowing an object, such as rotating machinery, amoving train, or even a roller coaster 
There are two basic types: rotational and linear 
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Roller Coaster at WalibiWorld in theNetherlands is stopped by eddy current brakes usingpermanent magnets instead of electromagnets
How do they work?
A magnetic field induces avoltage in moving objectsdue to Faraday’s Law
The induced voltagecauses an eddy current toflow in any conductingobjects
This current produces acounter-opposing flux andLorentz force to slow themoving object
The current also producesohmiclosses and significantheating

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