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Induction Currents from Circular Coils

A time-varying current induces a time-varying magnetic field. The magnetic field induces currents in neighboring conductors. The induced currents are called eddy currents. In this model, the phenomenon is illustrated by a time-harmonic field simulation as well as a transient analysis, where the eddy currents resulting from the source being switched on are studied. Two current-carrying coils ...

One-Sided Magnet and Plate

Permanent magnets with a one-sided flux have many uses. The one-sided flux behavior is obtained by giving the magnet a magnetization that varies in the lateral direction. This model shows this technique to model a cylindrical one-sided permanent magnet. A special technique to model thin sheets of high permeability material was used to model a thin metal plate next to the magnet. This circumvents ...

Benchmark Electromagnetic Simulation of a Coil Using Infinite Elements

Many environments where electromagnetic phenomena are modeled are unbounded or open, meaning that the fields should extend towards infinity. The easiest approach to model such is to use infinite elements. COMSOL Multiphysics' implementation of these maps the model coordinates from the local, finite-sized domain to a stretched domain. The inner boundary of this stretched domain coincides with ...

Superconducting Wire

Superconducting materials have zero resistivity up to a certain critical current density, above which the resistivity increases rapidly. To model such a material, this model uses a PDE, General Form interface with second-order vector elements. The model was based on a suggestion by Dr. Roberto Brambilla, CESI - Superconductivity Dept., Milano, Italy.

Multi-turn Coil over an Asymmetric Conductor Plate

This model solves the Testing Electromagnetic Analysis Methods (TEAM) problem 7, “Asymmetrical Conductor with a Hole”—a benchmark problem concerning the calculation of eddy currents and magnetic fields produced when an aluminum conductor is placed asymmetrically above a multi-turn coil carrying a sinusoidally varying current. The simulation results at specified positions in space are ...

Axial Magnetic Bearing Using Permanent Magnets

Permanent magnet bearings are used in turbo machinery, pumps, motors, generators, and flywheel energy storage systems, to mention a few application areas; contactless operation, low maintenance, and the ability to operate without lubrication are some key benefits compared to conventional mechanical bearings. This model illustrates how to calculate design parameters like magnetic forces and ...

Magnetic Signature of a Submarine

A vessel traveling on the surface or under water gives rise to detectable local disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field. These disturbances can be used to trigger weapon systems. The magnetic signature of a ship can be reduced by generating a counteracting magnetic field of suitable strength and direction based on prior knowledge of the magnetic properties of the vessel. This model ...

Inductance and Resistance

This is a model of a simple AC coil: a single-turn thick circular copper wire. A parametric study of current distribution, coil inductance and coil resistance is performed for different frequencies. The skin effect becomes increasingly important at the higher frequencies.

Simulating a Generator Made From Nonlinear Materials

This model is a static 3D simulation of a generator having a rotor with permanent magnets. The center of the rotor consists of annealed medium carbon steel, which is a nonlinear ferromagnetic material that is saturated at high magnetic flux densities. The core is surrounded by several blocks of a permanent magnet made of samarium and cobalt, creating a strong magnetic field. The stator is made ...

A Tunable MEMS Capacitor

In an electrostatically tunable parallel plate capacitor, the distance between the two plates can be modified by a spring, as the applied voltage changes. For a given voltage difference between the plates, the distance of the two plates can be computed, if the characteristics of the spring are known. Knowledge of this means that the distance between the plates can be tuned via the ...

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