Projets de recherche récents

New Micromanipulation Technologies via Large-Gap Magnetic Levitation and Off-Board Force Determination

2016/17-2019/20 • $152,000 • PI
Micromanipulators are commonly used for manipulation of micrometer sized objects in various fields such as medical, biology, electronics, microassembly, and optics. Conventional leadscrew, gear, or motor type micromanipulators have many disadvantages, such as the incursion of stiction, backlash,...

Advancement in Additive Manufacturing using Magnetic Levitation Technology

2017/18 • $146,426 • PI,CO
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a highly promising technology for rapid manufacturing that can fabricate parts without use of traditional tools. In this proposal, a proof-of-concept device will be developed to realize the additive manufacturing of ferromagnetic...

Analysis and optimization of a permanent magnet harvesting device

2017/18 • $37,500 • PI
Energy harvesting has been an important research topic in the field of green energy technology. Different mechanisms were reported in the literature for converting a variety of energy into electricity energy. Among them to mention, a thermoelectric energy harvester converts the heat into...

Truck Wheel Fastener Alarm Systems for the Prevention of Runaway Wheels

2017/18 • $24,674 • PI
Escaped wheels from Transport Trucks is a highly dangerous, often fatal occurrence. Wheel escapes are attributed to two issues:1. The failure of wheel studs and 2. Bearing failure/over heat. The problem is exacerbated by the large number of trucks andtrailers on the highways. According to...

Design and control of a magnetic levitation robotic platform for flexible manufacturing

2016/17 • $26,000 • PI
Recent developments in the field of linear-motor systems have led to renewed interest in precise and rapid material handling/positioning in manufacturing facilities. Most of such devices are yet limited to a single-axis (or one degree of freedom, 1-DOF) motion. This research proposal aims at the...

Developing an energy harvesting generator with permanent magnets

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
MagTech Inc. is an entrepreneurial company focusing on permanent magnetic power and shielding as a renewable environmentally friendly energy source. They have already begun working on the development of such permanent magnet generators. However, scientific foundational research is required for...

Non-contact and remote force measurement in a magnetic field environment

2016/17 • $14,990 • PI
Force sensors are abounding in robotics, industrial automation equipment, automobile safety devices, medical systems and many others. Force sensors are also known as force transducers as they convert an input mechanical force into an electrical output signal. Force sensors typically act as force...

Sensorless Force-controlled Magnetic Micromanipulation Technology

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
<p>Micromanipulation and microassembly deal with delicate environments. A magnetically levitated manipulator can provide a breakthrough solution, and perform these tasks with the advantages of dust-free and frictionless operation. The forces applied on these tiny and sensitive objects by the...

Toward miniaturization of magnetically-driven/levitated robots for micromanipulation: downscaling from macro- to micro-levitation

2010/11-2014/15 • $140,000 • PI
The proposed research is a continuation of the prior research on the development of magnetically-driven robots. Magnetic levitation is a promising technology which can be applied for micromanipulation in strictly controlled environments, since it does not use long-reached and jointed parts. At...

Development of position/force feedback control for shape memory alloys processed Multiple Memory Material (MMM) technology

2013/14 • $25,000 • PI
North American automotive manufacturers are preparing for a government mandate to significantly increase fuel efficiency ratings. Similar policies have already begun to be implemented in Europe. Hence, there is an immediate need to make vehicles lighter, and in turn more fuel efficient. Shape...

Development of Magnetically Levitated Platform for Camera Slider Applications

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
The main objective of this project is to develop a novel magnetic carriage platform for positioning of advanced cameras. Professional photographers often need to take sequential shots from different viewing angles with time intervals from seconds to hours. Examples are documentary movies on...

Development of a novel electromagnetic micro energy harvester

2011/12 • $23,750 • PI
The main objective of this project is the development of a novel electromagnetic micro energy harvester (EMEH) in size of an AA-battery to exceed 12mW power generation in presence 3mm/20Hz vibration (i.e. typical urban road conditions). The EMEH uses a novel configuration of several permanent...

A laser scanner utilizing parametric 3D modeling for identification of solid objects geometry

2010/11 • $25,000 • PI,CO
This project proposed the design and fabrication of a sensing system that can produce 3D parametric model of solid object's volume surface. The industrial partner; On Track Automation recognizes the need for such system that can quickly and accurately create 3D surface maps of solid objects....

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