Chapter 3

Electromagnetic induction

Electromagnetic levitation

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A long, half infinite, vertical solenoid of circular section (of radius and made of joined whorls by length unit) is travelled by a current intensity :

A circular coil made of whorls of radius , of résistance , inductance and mass is placed above the solenoid, distant from to its end.

The position of the coil is marked by angle

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The magnetic field due to the solenoid at the center of the whorl is given by :

With :

Question

Determine the electric equation verified by the current induced in the coil.

We will write :

.

Hint

Calculate the mutual induction of the two circuits and use complex notation to solve the electrical equation.

Solution

Suppose the field is uniform at the surface of the whorl. Its flux through the coil is :

A mutual inductance between the whorl and the solenoid can be defined :

The electric equation of the coil is then :

In a forced sinusoidal state :

So :

Hence :

It can be deduced :

And :

Question

Show that the radial magnetic field in the whorl can be written :

Hint

The magnetic field can be obtained by expressing the conservation of the magnetic flux.

Solution

Let's compute the radial component of the field.

Outside the axis, the magnetic field can be expressed :

We can notice that the plane défined by the point M and is a anti-symetrical plane for the current distribution along the wire, so the magnetic field is in this plane and has no coordinate along .

Outside the axis, the magnetic field can be obtained by expressing the conservation of the magnetic flux :

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A small cylinder, centered on axis Oz, of height and small radius is used.

The flux, exiting through this closed surface must be equal to zero :

Thus :

So :

Question

Deduce the Laplace's force applied to the whorl.

Under which conditions is levitation possible ?

Is this possible equilibrium stable or unstable ?

Hint

Use the definition of the Laplace force and show that only the magnetic fied along is usefull.

Solution

The Laplace's force (mainly vertical) is :

So :

However :

And :

(Use )

Thus :

The force becomes :

Hence :

The mean value : (using )

With :

It comes :

It is indeed a repulsive force (oriented upwards).

Right above the solenoid, .

Levitation is possible if the repulsion force is superior to the weight.

It is a stable equilibrium : if the mass goes up, the repulsion force diminishes and the mass goes back down.

Same if the mass begins by going down.

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