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dc.contributor.advisorEngel, Thomas G. (Thomas Gregory)eng
dc.contributor.authorBelarde, Gianetta Mariaeng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Falleng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 16, 2009).eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Thomas G. Engel.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2008.eng
dc.description.abstractThe design, construction, and operating characteristics of a homopolar motor are described in this thesis using both physical experimentation and simulation software. This type of motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy using the Lorentz force. The torque from this force is used to propel the homopolar motor forward. The nickel-metal hydride batteries used in this study store 2500 mJ of energy. This energy is discharged by creating a short circuit between the anode and cathode of the battery using the armature, a piece of non-magnetic conductive wire. When this current moves through a magnetic field which is not parallel to the wire, a Lorentz force is induced, causing the wire to exert a force on the ground which is strong enough to propel the apparatus forward. By using various armatures and lubricants, top average speeds of 0.71 m/s were achieved. An electromechanical model of the homopolar motor is developed in PSpice. This simulation is used to predict the performance of the homopolar motor, including position and speed. Motor measured performance results and those predicted by computer simulation are compared and presented.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb70800467eng
dc.identifier.oclc436871490eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/5678eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/5678
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2008 Theseseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshHomopolar generators -- Design and constructioneng
dc.subject.lcshLorentz forceeng
dc.titleModeling the behavior of a homopolar motoreng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical and computer engineering (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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