HYPED in 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

SpaceX held the first Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2015.  Through a competitive environment, SpaceX aimed to promote and support the development of functional Hyperloop prototypes and encourage innovation.   Student teams from around the world were tasked with designing and building the best high-speed pod.

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In July 2019, SpaceX staged the fourth competition – Hyperloop Pod Competition IV.  In all, twenty-one teams took part, representing universities from around the world including India, Australia, France, USA, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

HYPED Team from the University of Edinburgh

The HYPED team from the University of Edinburgh was one of three UK-based teams entering the competition.  Founded in 2015, the HYPED team had grown to over 200 registered student team members in 2019.  The members’ wide range of skills and experience allowed HYPED to excel in developing the Hyperloop.

In June 2019, the HYPED team unveiled The Flying Podsman, their 3rd Generation Hyperloop Pod prototype.  The latest pod was the culmination of eleven months work following the Hyperloop Pod Competition III in July 2018.

The Flying Podsman was a great example of engineering ingenuity.  In particular, the Arc Synchronous Motors exhibited a revolutionary new form of magnetic propulsion and braking.

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In the competition, the HYPED team was thwarted by a late stage technical fault.  This prevented the Pod setting a top speed.  The Pod’s performance in all other testing was superb, passing all mechanical tests and fit checks, certifying the chassis and other structural components. The software and electronics performed as intended during testing, as did the cutting edge Arc Synchronous Motors.  Having successfully completed the battery tests, The Flying Podsman was given the all clear for a functional test.  Unfortunately, a fault with the brakes prevented any further participation.  Despite the set-back, the development programme continues with the HYPED team aiming to create a fully functioning The Flying Podsman.

The designs for the new Pod are already taking shape and the HYPED team has revealed that for POD2020 they will be pursuing full magnetic levitation, propulsion and braking – the Hyperloop Holy Trinity.

Hyperloop Pod Competition IV Awards

Bunting Proud Sponsors

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“We congratulate the HYPED team on their achievements,” said Matthew Swallow, Bunting’s Magnet Design Engineer.  “Engineering success is only achieved through continual development, embracing the moments when design plans do not go to plan.  Overcoming those hurdles will result in a better final engineered solution.  We are proud to have sponsored the team.”

All photographs provided by the HYPED Hyperloop Team

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SpaceX held the first Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2015.  Through a competitive environment, SpaceX aimed to promote and support the development of functional Hyperloop prototypes and encourage innovation.   Student teams from around the world were tasked with designing and building the best high-speed pod. In July 2019, SpaceX staged the fourth competition – Hyperloop Pod […]

https://blog.e-magnetsuk.com/2019/09/10/hyped-in-2019-spacex-hyperloop-pod-competition/

Bunting Rebrands

On August 3rd, 2019, Bunting Magnetics Co. celebrated its 60th anniversary as a company.  Since being founded in 1959, Bunting Magnetics Co. has grown from a small company in Chicago, Illinois, to a growing global force with multiple locations around the world.  Bunting Magnetics Co. has acquired several different companies over the years, and in celebration of the 60th anniversary the company has made the decision to launch a major re-branding effort, unifying all of our divisions under the single brand name “Bunting.”

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Previously, acquired companies including eMagnets UK retained their original names and were designated as being “A Bunting Magnetics Company.”  Now, rather than having multiple names to differentiate between divisions, each division will be described as Bunting—Newton, Bunting—Berkhamsted, and so on.  eMagnets UK has been rebranded as Bunting-eMagnets.

The decision to re-brand was made with the goal of uniting all companies associated with the Bunting brand under one name, eliminating confusion for customers and establishing the Bunting brand as a world force.  We hope that when people hear the name Bunting, they will immediately think of the company dedicated to providing the best customer service and highest quality magnets, magnetic assemblies, and magnetic equipment in the industry.

Bunting produces a wide range of permanent magnets and magnet assemblies.  For further information or to discuss a specific magnet application, please contact us on:

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On August 3rd, 2019, Bunting Magnetics Co. celebrated its 60th anniversary as a company.  Since being founded in 1959, Bunting Magnetics Co. has grown from a small company in Chicago, Illinois, to a growing global force with multiple locations around the world.  Bunting Magnetics Co. has acquired several different companies over the years, and in […]

https://blog.e-magnetsuk.com/2019/08/09/bunting-rebrands/

Magnets and Magnetisers at Cenex LCV 2019

Grain Boundary Diffused Neodymium Magnets, Magnetisers and Magnet Setters are the focus for Bunting on stand C109 at this year’s Cenex LCV show (4th – 5th September, Millbrook, Bedfordshire, UK).

Cenex-LCV is the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event.  The show features an extensive seminar programme and the opportunity to ride & drive the latest in-development and commercially available electrified vehicles.  The Bunting stand is in the technology exhibition alongside Aston Martin, Robert Bosch Ltd, and TOYOTA.

Magnets In Electric Vehicles

The motive power in electric vehicles is provided by an electric motor, the mechanics of which are much simpler than that of an internal combustion engine as there is only one moving part.  The rotor can be a number of technologies, but those that incorporate very strong permanent magnets, such as Neodymium Magnets, are overall more efficient than induction machines.  This increased efficiency enables the electric vehicle to provide increased range on the same stored battery energy before being recharged as in the Tesla Model 3

Grain Boundary Diffused Magnets

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Using Grain Boundary Diffusion (GBD) technology, Bunting Magnetics offers a range of Neodymium Magnets that are stronger and lower in cost than existing magnet technology.  The temperature of a permanent magnet in a motor could rise above 150 deg C under maximum load conditions, which would cause a magnet with lower intrinsic coercivity to become de-magnetised.  To satisfy the higher temperature requirement, the intrinsic coercivity of magnet is increased by adding the heavy rare earth element Dysprosium.

With added Dysprosium, the magnet will suffer less loss in the same temperature condition, but will be more expensive and have a lower residual magnetic induction or magnetic remanence, otherwise known as Br and BHmax (if the original grade was greater than 35MGOe).

Grain Boundary Diffusion enables a more effective distribution of the heavy rare earth Dysprosium.  The magnetic performance of a standard Neodymium magnet cannot compete as it wastes dysprosium in the grain rather than concentrating it at the grain boundary, therefore less Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) can be utilised per unit volume.

Using less of the heavy rare earth (HRE) mineral Dysprosium makes the magnets considerably more environmentally friendly.  The same amount of rare earth elements (REE) makes five times as many GBD NdFeB Magnets than traditional manufacturing methods.

Magnetising Equipment

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Bespoke Magnetiser

Magnetising Equipment is used as a means of post assembly magnetising permanent magnet assemblies such as Halbach Array Surface Mounted Magnet Rotors, IPM motors and Large MRI lugs.

Depending on the volume of magnetic material to be saturated, the application may suit a benchtop system.  Larger magnet volumes require a different design such as the 150kj multi cabinet 5kv system.  Bespoke magnetising fixtures are available and are often required to compliment a customer’s final design.  These can produce high homogeneity bonded Neodymium magnetic fields for applications including rotating field measurement and multipole sensors.

Bunting’s range of magnetisers are used in both industrial and laboratory/research environments.  All designs are PLC controlled, with fixture temperature monitoring and HMI interfaces.

Magnet Setters

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Magnet Setters are used in conjunction with a bespoke Magnetising Fixture to accurately charge a magnet and then knock back to a required magnetic field value at a specific point in space with a controlled decaying oscillating magnetic wave.  This provides calibration and accuracy to plus or minus 1 Gauss.

The Magnetic Future

The number of applications for high energy density permanent magnets continues to grow due to increased efficiency and less reliance on other energy sources.  The Bunting Magnet experts look forward to meeting visitors on stand C109 at Cenex LCV to discuss the latest innovations.

Bunting Magnetics produces a wide range of permanent magnets and magnet assemblies.  For further information or to discuss a specific magnet application, please contact us on:

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Grain Boundary Diffused Neodymium Magnets, Magnetisers and Magnet Setters are the focus for Bunting on stand C109 at this year’s Cenex LCV show (4th – 5th September, Millbrook, Bedfordshire, UK). Cenex-LCV is the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event.  The show features an extensive seminar programme and the opportunity to ride & drive the latest […]

https://blog.e-magnetsuk.com/2019/07/25/magnets-and-magnetisers-at-cenex-lcv-2019/

Magnets In Space

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of when mankind first stepped onto the surface of the moon.  However, not many people know that this momentous achievement would not have been possible without magnets.

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Apollo 11 Crew – Armstrong, Collins, Aldrin

The guidance and navigation system computers for the Apollo 11 spacecraft and lunar landing module were designed by MIT Instrumentation Laboratory and manufactured at the Massachusetts-based Raytheon Company.  The memory system used magnets to generate power instead of relying on electricity.  This made the system more reliable and less susceptible to power outages.

Magnets for Satellites

Since the Apollo 11 mission, magnets have continued to play a key part in space exploration.  Electromagnetic coils play a fundamental part in the life of a satellite.  The Magnetorquer (or magnetic torquer) controls attitude (controlling the orientation of an object with respect to an inertial frame of reference or another entity), detumbling, and stablisation.

Magnetorquers are positioned to yield a rotationally asymmetric (anisotropic) magnetic field over an extended area.  That field is controlled by switching current flow through the coils on or off, usually under computerised feedback control.  The magnets themselves are mechanically anchored to the craft, so that any magnetic force they exert on the surrounding magnetic field will lead to a magnetic reverse force and result in mechanical torque about the vessel’s centre of gravity.  This makes it possible to freely pivot the craft around in a known local gradient of the magnetic field by only using electrical energy.

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer

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In May 2011, NASA launched the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02).  The state-of-the-art particle physics detector was carried into space by the Space Shuttle Endeavour and mounted on the International Space Station (ISS).  The module detects and measures antimatter in cosmic rays, providing vital information to understand the formation of the Universe and search for evidence of dark matter.

Radiation and particles pass through a series of detectors in the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.  The characteristics of particles passing directly from the top to the bottom are recorded.  These include:

The magnetic force is generated by a 1,200 kg permanent neodymium magnet assembly.  Original designs for the AMS-02 had considered using a cryogenic superconducting magnet, but this was rejected on the basis of magnet life (3 years versus 8-10 years).  The permanent magnetic assembly generates fields up to 0.15 Tesla.

A Magnetic Future For Space Travel

Many scientists believe that magnets hold the key to expansive space travel.  Magnetic fields, especially those from strong permanent magnets such as Neodymium and even superconducting magnets, are being harnessed to possibly power space craft to the far reaches of the universe.

With all this technological development, we wonder where will there be an astronaut’s footprint 50 years from now?

Bunting Magnetics produces a wide range of permanent magnets and magnet assemblies for rotating electric machines used in Aerospace, Space, Defence, Automotive and Down Hole applications.  For further information or to discuss a specific magnet application, please contact us on:

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2019 marks the 50th anniversary of when mankind first stepped onto the surface of the moon.  However, not many people know that this momentous achievement would not have been possible without magnets. The guidance and navigation system computers for the Apollo 11 spacecraft and lunar landing module were designed by MIT Instrumentation Laboratory and manufactured […]

https://blog.e-magnetsuk.com/2019/07/17/magnets-in-space/

Supplying Magnets To NASA

Bunting Magnetics are thrilled to have been selected as as the supplier of high specification grain boundary diffused Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) Magnets for a NASA project.

Grain Boundary Diffusion (GBD) technology enables the heavy rare earth element Dysprosium to diffuse from the surface of a grain around all of the grains boundaries.  Dysprosium is added to Neodymium Iron Boron to improve and maintain the permanent magnet’s strong magnetic fields at high temperatures (above 150 degrees Celsius).

 

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NASA have long utilised magnets for a number of interesting applications from collecting dust on Mars with the Pathfinder program, to space based MRI systems.  Indeed, in the past 50 years many satellites have been put in orbit to monitor and track the Earth’s Magnetic Field, looking for changes that could impact life.

It is a little known fact that Magnetic Ferrofluid was invented by NASA as a means of moving fuel around a station or space craft in space where traditional pumping mechanisms (also using permanent magnets as motors or couplings) are not effective.  Ferrofluid is now being considered for a huge number of applications from Medical devices to high end speaker drivers and is available via our eMagnets website.

Also a NASA spacecraft will travel closer to the sun than ever before and plot the magnetic field lines that circle the sun.  This will provide vital data on solar Winds and the  Extreme temperature of the sun’s surface and corona.

“Our development of grain boundary diffusion technology has significantly expanded the number of applications for NbFeB permanent magnets,” explained Matthew Swallow, Bunting’s Technical Product Manager.  “We are very proud and excited at being selected to supply such magnet technology to NASA.  Our team of experienced magnet engineers are looking forward to working closely with the engineers at NASA.”

Bunting Magnetics produces a wide range of permanent magnets and magnet assemblies for rotating electric machines used in Aerospace, Space, Defence, Automotive and Down Hole applications.  For further information or to discuss a specific NdFeB magnet application, please contact us on:

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Bunting Magnetics are thrilled to have been selected as as the supplier of high specification grain boundary diffused Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) Magnets for a NASA project. Grain Boundary Diffusion (GBD) technology enables the heavy rare earth element Dysprosium to diffuse from the surface of a grain around all of the grains boundaries.  Dysprosium is […]

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Matthew Swallow Reports on the UK Magnetics Society Event at LEGO

Matthew Swallow, our Technical Product Manager for magnets and magnetic assemblies, recently attended the UK Magnetics Society’s ‘Magnetic Measurement and Sensors’ event held at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark (21-22 March 2019).  The event was sponsored by Bunting Magnetics.  Matthew reports back on the exciting and informative two-day event.

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Matthew Swallow at the UK Magnetics Society’s 2-day event at LEGO House in Denmark

“It is not often that a personal passion and a work commitment coincide and so I was genuinely thrilled to be able to take part in this event at the self-proclaimed home of LEGO.

The two-day event was one of the UK Magnetic Society’s best yet with a range of talks from hard science on the metallurgy of magnetism to finding water in the desert from a helicopter.

One of my favourite talks was from Lukasz Mierczak of  Brockhaus Messtechnik GmbH & Co.  Their technology could be used to measure the effect of laminations on permanent magnets, validate the quality of those laminations prior to shipment, and compare directly with magnets of different types of lamination material.  Currently only two of these pieces of equipment exist, but a production version is not far away.

Magnetic measurement was a thoroughly discussed topic with a huge range of techniques available to measure everything from Nano Tesla to 70 Tesla.  Graphene was mentioned as a next generation material for the production of hall sensors.  Interestingly, the discussion’s starting point was to try and play down the hype regarding Graphene that has been seen in recent years.  The talk focused on what has actually been done at Paragraf.

However, the highlight of the sensor presentation was about the LEGO brick magnetic scanner from MetroLab.  This could be a game changer for integrating into something like the 3D Magnetic Field Scanner, built out of LEGO, as the versatility of LEGO and the plastic nature of the material make it perfect for adapting to different magnetic shapes and scanning profiles.

On the Bunting Magnetics stand, we exhibited our capability to produce:

There was a great deal of interest in our magnet setters and the +/-0.5 degree DOM sintered Neodymium magnets.

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Magnet Setter

The UK Magnetics Society event at LEGO House coincided with a record breaking monthly order intake for Bunting Magnetics’ Bespoke Magnet and Magnet Assembly division.  We also shipped three Magnetising systems (two ALNICO setters and an automated speaker driver charger).

Whilst in Denmark, we also delivered a bespoke magnetic training course to one of our European customers.  March 2019 proved to be a very exciting month!”

For further information on magnets used in sensor applications, please contact us on

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Matthew Swallow, our Technical Product Manager for magnets and magnetic assemblies, recently attended the UK Magnetics Society’s ‘Magnetic Measurement and Sensors’ event held at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark (21-22 March 2019).  The event was sponsored by Bunting Magnetics.  Matthew reports back on the exciting and informative two-day event. “It is not often that […]

https://blog.e-magnetsuk.com/2019/04/23/matthew-swallow-reports-on-the-uk-magnetics-society-event-at-lego/

Magnet Business Development in Italy with Garnet SRL

“Our distributors are the key to our export success,” said Dave Hills, our Head of Sales, “and Garnet SRL has been the face of magnets for Bunting Magnetics in Italy for over twenty-five years.”

Dave Hills was talking about Garnet SRL after a sales trip to Italy in early March 2019.  The Bunting Europe team regularly visit their distributors to provide support (including attending exhibitions), offer training, and meet customers.

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Dave Hills with Leo Lurino of Garnet SRL

Garnet SRL was founded by Leo Lurino in 1997.  However, his association with Magnet Applications, a Bunting subsidiary, began in 1994.  The company exclusively represents high-profile manufacturers of components for automation, robotics and the automotive industry.  This includes providing magnet and magnetic assembly solutions, designed and manufactured by Bunting Magnetics in the UK.

Garnet SRL is based in Concorezzo in the northern Italian region of Lombardy.  As well as Bunting, the company represents Canon, Arcus Technology, Fastech and others.

Their Magnet and Magnetic Assembly product portfolio is extensive and includes:

Developing Business In Italy

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“The visit proved very useful,” explained Dave.  “It gave me the opportunity to hear about developments in the local Italian market.  We can then adapt our strategies accordingly.  It also provided an opportune time to provide product training and sample the wonderful local Italian food.”

“Developing long-standing relationships with our distributors is key,” said Dave.  “Despite the concerns of BREXIT, we continue to see growth in export sales.  We will need to adapt to manage the new relationship with Europe, but this will not affect our association with our distributors.”

Bespoke Magnets and Magnetic Assemblies

Bunting design and manufacture a wide range of magnets and magnetic assemblies.  Many are bespoke for specific applications.  For further information on bespoke magnet assemblies or magnet designs, please contact us via:

Phone:  +44 (0) 114 276 2264

Email:  sales@buntingeurope.com

Via the Bunting Europe website for specialist magnets and magnetic assemblies

Via eMagnets for online purchase of Magnets and Magnetic Technology

“Our distributors are the key to our export success,” said Dave Hills, our Head of Sales, “and Garnet SRL has been the face of magnets for Bunting Magnetics in Italy for over twenty-five years.” Dave Hills was talking about Garnet SRL after a sales trip to Italy in early March 2019.  The Bunting Europe team […]

https://blog.e-magnetsuk.com/2019/03/18/magnet-business-development-in-italy-with-garnet-srl/

Sensing Magnets at Magnetic Measurement and Sensors Event

Bunting Magnetics Sponsoring UK Magnetics Society Event at LEGO in Denmark

Bunting is sponsoring and exhibiting at a two-day event entitled ‘Magnetic Measurement and Sensors‘ organised by the UK Magnetics Society (21 – 22 March 2019).  The conference is being held at LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.

This two-day event will focus on measurements in the field of magnetics.  New techniques exploiting the ability to pick up low level signals have been turned into robust sensors and systems and introduced in many different industrial settings performing on-line quality assessment of processes and materials.  Secondly, the magnetic materials themselves need to be quality tested using both conventional and new methods. Science in the area keeps on developing, yielding new opportunities for in-sight and products.

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NXT Sensor – LEGO Engineering

Included in the extensive list of speakers are Henning Kirk and Henning Mikkelsen of LEGO who will talk about ‘Magnets and Sensors for Fun – Applied in Advanced LEGO Toy Products’.

Magnets and Sensors

Magnetic position sensing using Hall Effect devices or Anisotropic Magneto Restrictive sensors is a well-established method of contactless positional location of rotational or linearly moving components.  Multiple sensors offer very accurate resolution and are used extensively in many electronic and mechanical control systems.  Position and rotational sensors can be position inside secondary complex components and utilise a bespoke magnetising fixture, also designed and built by Bunting Magnetics to maximise or set the capabilities of the magnet..

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The Bunting design and engineering team work closely with companies manufacturing and using sensors to develop magnetic assemblies with a focus on weight reduction, minimising false triggers, and performance.

A sensing application may range from a simple proximity switch (e.g. reed switch on a door or window security alarm) to encoder technology for motor control in automotive or aerospace applications.  The Bunting design team has worked on projects where sensors are required for detecting rotor positions, providing measurements (e.g. distances, speed or angle proximity), detecting fluid levels, and triggering switches.  These include magnets used to measure the level of fuel, contactless position sensing magnets, and magnets to sense speed.  A sensing application may range from a simple proximity switch (e.g. reed switch on a door or window security alarm) to encoder technology for motor control in automotive or aerospace applications.  Understanding the technical requirements of a magnetically contactless solution ensures the best design of Magnetic Assembly.

Different Types of Magnets

Many of the bespoke magnetising fixtures designed and manufactured by the Bunting team utilise a Bunting range of compression or plastic bonded Neodymium called BREMAG and BREMAG10N.  Plastic bonded magnets are often used due to their magnetic isotropy and advantage of being able to produce multipole (fine pole) magnetisation patterns for accurate position sensing.

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BREMAG Permanent Magnets

Both the BREMAG and BREMAG10N Magnet materials are manufactured in the UK and offer the highest energy (10, 10.5 and a World Leading 11MGOe) of all types of bonded magnets.  With the higher magnetic energy, this type of Neodymium Magnet is ideal for use in brushless DC motors, actuators and sensors.

Bunting also has a range of sintered and bonded neodymium magnets with direction of magnetism controlled to +/- 0.5 degrees.  This range of Magnets has been developed to provide integrators of Magnetostrictive position sensing offer more accurate and more compact systems.  When a typically linear position sensing has an accuracy proportionally to the angular error in an axially aligned ring magnet, magnets with a tighter specification significantly improve the performance.

For further information on magnets used in sensors applications, please contact us on

Phone:  +44(0)114 276 2264

Email:  sales@buntingeurope.com

Via the Bunting Europe website for specialist magnets and magnetic assemblies

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Bunting Magnetics Sponsoring UK Magnetics Society Event at LEGO in Denmark Bunting is sponsoring and exhibiting at a two-day event entitled ‘Magnetic Measurement and Sensors‘ organised by the UK Magnetics Society (21 – 22 March 2019).  The conference is being held at LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. This two-day event will focus on measurements in […]

https://blog.e-magnetsuk.com/2019/03/11/sensing-magnets-at-magnetic-measurement-and-sensors-event/

HYPED Hyperloop Team Sponsored by Bunting

Supporting The Advancement of Hyperloop Technology

Bunting Magnetics is sponsoring the HYPED Hyperloop team from the University of Edinburgh.  The team is dedicated to accelerating the development of Hyperloop and implementing the technology in the UK.  They will also be competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in the Summer of 2019.

What Is A Hyperloop?

A Hyperloop is a conceptually revolutionary mode of transportation.  The Hyperloop is a near-vacuum sealed tube or system of tubes through which a pod may travel free of air resistance or friction.  It is exceptionally energy-efficient and can allow the pod to travel at very high speeds.

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Elon Musk congratulating the winners of the Hyperloop Pod Competition II at SpaceX’s Hyperloop track in Hawthorne, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

In 2012, entrepreneur and engineer Elon Musk introduced his version of the concept.  The Hyperloop Alpha concept was published in August 2013, with proposals for a route between the Los Angeles region to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Many transport experts remain skeptical, citing build costs as a significant limiting factor and even claiming that the idea is “completely impractical”.  However, this has not stopped Elon Musk’s SpaceX further developing the concept.

To speed up the development of the Hyperloop concept, SpaceX launched the Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2015.  The competition’s goal is to support the development of functional prototypes and encourage innovation by challenging student teams to design and build the best high-speed Pod.

The HYPED Hyperloop Team

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HYPED Hyperloop Team

The HYPED team at the University of Edinburgh was founded in 2015 and has grown to over 200 registered student team members in 2019. The members’ wide range of skills and experience allows HYPED to excel in developing the Hyperloop.  Since 2015, the HYPED team has achieved several key milestones including:

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Design overview of HYPED’s Poddy II (2018)

In 2019, HYPED will build their 3rd Pod.  The focus will be on a more integrated, feasible, and scale-able design, with a greater top speed.  Additionally, the team aims to build a test rail to fully integrate and test the design before shipment and launch.

The Magnet Component

As with many new environment initiatives (e.g. wind turbines and electric vehicles), high-powered Rare Earth Magnets play an important role in the Hyperloop pod design.

A Halbach Module is used to produce contactless propulsion.  A Halbach array is a specific arrangement of a series of permanent magnets. The array has a spatially rotating pattern of magnetism which cancels the field on one side, but boosts it on the other. The major advantages of Halbach arrays are that they can produce strong magnetic fields on one side whilst creating a very small stray field on the opposite side. This effect is best understood by observing the magnetic flux distribution.

A permanent magnetic assembly with high-powered Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets is used as levitation skies and emergency brakes.

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“The Hyperloop concept has the potential of revolutionising transportation,” explained Matthew Swallow, one of Bunting’s Magnet Design Engineers.  “Magnets and magnetic principles are an important part of the Pod design.  Subsequently, we wanted to show our support by sponsoring the HYPED team.”

Bunting design and manufacture a wide range of magnets magnetic assemblies.  Many are bespoke for specific applications.  For further information on bespoke magnet assemblies or magnet designs, please contact us via:

Phone:  +44 (0) 1442 875081

Email:  sales@buntingeurope.com

Via the Bunting Europe website for specialist magnets and magnetic assemblies

Via eMagnets for online purchase of Magnets and Magnetic Technology

Supporting The Advancement of Hyperloop Technology Bunting Magnetics is sponsoring the HYPED Hyperloop team from the University of Edinburgh.  The team is dedicated to accelerating the development of Hyperloop and implementing the technology in the UK.  They will also be competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in the Summer of 2019. What Is A […]

https://blog.e-magnetsuk.com/2019/03/06/hyped-hyperloop-team-sponsored-by-bunting/

1200 Alnico Magnet Assemblies

Manufacturing Magnetic Assemblies for Sensors

Magnets and Magnetic Assemblies are a key component in many industrial sensing applications.  Typical Magnetic Sensor applications include contactless current sensing, linear and angular position, and rotation sensing.

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Alnico Magnetic Assemblies

The Magnetic Assembly

The Bunting engineering team designed the bespoke magnetic assembly for a specific customer application.  The magnetic assembly consists of:

The Alnico ring magnet is designed to have a tight fit around the steel core.  Once assembled, the magnetic assembly is magnetised using a Bunting designed magnetiser.  The finished magnetic assembly has four magnetic poles.

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Four poles of the Alnico Magnetic Assembly

The magnetic assembly used Alnico magnets due to the ability to maintain a magnetic field at high temperatures.  Other magnet materials, such as Neodymium, would significantly lose magnetic performance with rising temperatures.

This particular order was for 1200 Alnico magnetic assemblies.

Sensor Applications

Magnetic Sensors are used in a wide variety of applications including:

Bespoke Magnets and Magnetic Assemblies

Bunting design and manufacture a wide range of magnets magnetic assemblies.  Many are bespoke for specific applications.  For further information on bespoke magnet assemblies or magnet designs, please contact us via:

Phone:  +44 (0) 114 276 2264

Email:  sales@buntingeurope.com

Via the Bunting Europe website for specialist magnets and magnetic assemblies

Via eMagnets for online purchase of Magnets and Magnetic Technology

All photographs taken by Paul Fears Photography

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Manufacturing Magnetic Assemblies for Sensors Magnets and Magnetic Assemblies are a key component in many industrial sensing applications.  Typical Magnetic Sensor applications include contactless current sensing, linear and angular position, and rotation sensing. The Magnetic Assembly The Bunting engineering team designed the bespoke magnetic assembly for a specific customer application.  The magnetic assembly consists of: Alnico […]

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